Former Wyoming nurse pleads not guilty to taking painkillers

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former registered nurse at a hospital in Converse County has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Wyoming to charges of stealing narcotic painkillers.

Ryan Joseph Harris entered his plea last Friday before U.S. Magistrate Michael Shickich in Casper.

KTWO AM in Casper reports that a Dec. 4 trial date has been scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson. Harris remains free on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

Harris was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 19 on four charges of tampering with a consumer product and acquiring a controlled substance.

He is accused of taking painkillers from Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas and replacing them with a saline solution from Sept. 1, 2016, to June 2.