Mass. nurse accused of plotting to free rapist

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts nurse has been charged with trying to help a convicted rapist accused of stabbing his attorney escape from prison.

Deborah Girouard pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Wrentham District Court to charges of smuggling and aiding an inmate's escape. Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Girouard smuggled saw blades and other items into the MCI-Cedar Junction prison in Walpole to try to help 39-year-old Che Blake Sosa escape.

Sosa is serving a lengthy prison sentence for multiple rape convictions and is awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed his defense attorney in court in February 2007.

Girouard was a contract nurse at the prison. Her attorney, Tom Iovieno, didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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