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Nurse facing charges for sexual relationship with mentally incapacitated teen

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

A 52-year-old nurse at a juvenile lock-down facility is facing charges after investigators say she had a sexual relationship with a student. 

Berrna Sue Starr-Lakin, of Barboursville, is charged with felony sexual assault in the third degree and felony sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child, according to troopers with the Huntington Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. 

Troopers say threats by the now 18-year-old victim to the nurse's estranged husband, Gregory Lakin, along with a tip from Lincoln County Child Protective Services prompted the investigation. Troopers say the teen was 17-years-old at the time and was court ordered to attend Barboursville School, a juvenile lock-down facility, and troopers say the teen had mental and behavioral issues. 

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Starr-Lakin and the teen were found together at Beech Fork State Park. Troopers say they received a call at 8 p.m. about a man banging on cabin doors, waving a gun, and saying he was going to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband. The teen was found in the car with Starr-Lakin. Troopers say she had a black Ruger .22 caliber pistol underneath the driver's seat of her car and found six .22 caliber shells after frisking her. Starr-Lakin is also facing a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.