Woman enters not guilty plea in Perry mammogram case

bpurser@macon.comNovember 18, 2010 

PERRY -- A former radiology technician accused of improperly entering negative results on mammograms at Perry Hospital pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Houston County Superior Court.

Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, 30, of Macon, entered the plea with her Macon attorney, Floyd Buford, by her side.

Judge Katherine K. Lumsden told Buford from the bench that the earliest Rapraeger’s case could be heard would either be the trial week of April 4 or April 11 of 2011.

Outside the courtroom, Buford said he plans to be ready to try the case in April.

Rapraeger maintains her innocence, Buford said. He said no plea negotiations are under way between himself and the District Attorney’s Office.

Rapraeger is accused of entering negative results for 1,289 mammograms at Perry Hospital from Jan. 22, 2009, to April 1, 2010, that were not read by a radiologist. Of the 1,289 mammograms entered as negative, 10 were actually positive, prosecutors have said.

Perry Hospital is operated by Houston Healthcare System Inc.

Rapraeger was indicted Sept. 7 by a Houston County grand jury on 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Miriam Mizell, one of the 10 victims named in the indictment, was present in the courtroom for Rapraeger’s arraignment, which lasted about five minutes.

“I just felt it was important for at least one of the victims to be present,” Mizell said outside of the courtroom.

She said she desires “justice to be done, and I’m sure the court is going to do that.”

Rapraeger and her husband, Corey Rapraeger, declined comment outside of the courtroom.

Rachael Rapraeger is free on a $50,000 bond.

The bond was conditioned on Rapraeger being on electronic monitoring, having no contact with any of the alleged victims and not working or volunteering in any medical or health-related areas. She also was banished from Houston County as part of the agreement while on bond, except for court appearances and appointments related to the electronic monitoring.

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