The former nursing assistant and mother of two was charged in Florida in September after police said she was caught having sex with a patient in her care.
A judge said she had a history of mental illness and should not have been able to work in the nursing profession.
“I think that this is an extreme example of what’s wrong with the system that has allowed these people to get access to the nursing professions,” Judge Robert L. O’Brien told the Palm Beach Post.
Ms Riggs, 51, told police she met the patient in the summer of 2016 while she was working at a nursing home in Jacksonville. “
If you have a nurse who’s a professional and they’re willing to put themselves in that position, they should not be able to do that.”
Ms Riggs, 51, told police she met the patient in the summer of 2016 while she was working at a nursing home in Jacksonville.
She was working as a nursing assistant at the time.
She said she didn’t know the patient was sexually abused.
Ms Riggles, who had no previous criminal record, told investigators she told her patient she didn ‘t want to get pregnant’, but she told him ‘he’s not a child molester’ and ‘that he was very close to his wife’.
The nursing assistant, who has since left the profession, told detectives that when she told the patient ‘it wasn’t OK’, he responded ‘I don’t want to be in that situation.’
Ms Rigsons defence lawyer, Steven G. Jones, said he didn’t want the case to drag on and that his client ‘would be remiss in this matter if she didn’t tell the truth’.
‘This case is about a nurse, not a nurse-midwife,’ Mr Jones said. ‘She didn´t do anything wrong.
‘This was not about her ability to perform a service for her patients, but rather the fact that she is mentally ill.
‘Ms Riggs is completely unprofessional in her handling of the matter and she has done everything in her power to avoid this being brought to the attention of law enforcement.’
‘I think it’s really sad, but it´s also sad for her,’ he said.
Ms Jones said the nursing assistant was a licensed professional and would be prosecuted for lying about her sexual history.
He said he believed the patient would still be able legally to work as a nurse if she did disclose her past.
‘I hope this case is brought to a close and that Ms Rigoys story is cleared up, she has nothing to hide,’ Mr Moore said.