A nurse at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center was arrested Thursday after she admitted to an ongoing sexual relationship with an inmate, according to Department of Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick. 

Laurie Ballard, 44, was booked into jail by St. Gabriel Police on counts of sexual battery and malfeasance in office. 

Ballard admitted to having sexual contact with an offender on several occasions over the past few months, and emailing with the offender under an alias, Pastorick said. 

Ballard, of 34385 Leonard Ballard Rd., has been employed at Elayn Hunt since October 2007, Pastorick said. She has been placed on administrative leave. 

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