Former Perry Hospital radiology tech pleads not guilty

bpurser@macon.comNovember 14, 2012 

PERRY -- As expected, a former radiology technician accused of improperly entering negative results on mammograms at Perry Hospital pleaded not guilty for the second time in Houston County Superior Court.

Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, 30, of Macon, entered the not guilty plea Wednesday.

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 initially indicted on 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. She later entered a not-guilty plea.

The case was re-indicted on the same charges to clear up legal language in the indictment, according to the prosecution. The move came after Floyd Buford, her Macon attorney, challenged half of the charges in the original indictment.

Rapraeger is free on bond pending trial. The case may go to trial in March or April, said Houston County Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Daniel P. Bibler.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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