Benton County nursing assistant accused of unprofessional conduct

A Benton County certified nursing assistant faces unprofessional conduct charges from the state Department of Health over interactions with an 80-year-old patient.

Charges from the health department are non-criminal.

Leeia L. Henderson, also known as Vicki L. Reece, provided in-home care to an 80-year-old man, health department documents said.

She allegedly accepted $1,000 from the patient, after telling him and his wife of her financial difficulties, the health department said. Her employer paid the money back.

The man also pursued a romantic relationship with her, and she didn’t establish professional boundaries, going with him to rent an apartment and helping him buy furniture, the state alleged.