Larry V. King, Dakota County deputy, was Sarah May Casareto's O.R.-bound victim

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Nurse Casareto is accused of stealing pain meds from a deputy headed for surgery.
If you're going to tell a patient headed for the operating room that it's time to "man up" while you steal his pain meds to feed your drug addiction, it's probably not a good idea to pick a cop for a victim. Those folks know how to swear out a criminal complaint.

Nurse Sarah May Casareto learned that lesson the hard way when she was arrested the other day for victimizing Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy Larry V. King. We learned his identity today.

King was headed for what he thought would be painless kidney stone surgery last fall at Abbott Northwestern Hospital when was left in Casareto's care. But instead of loading him up on a prescribed dose of Fentanyl, Casareto gave him a fraction of the dose and got loaded herself.

"You're gonna have to man up here and take some of the pain," she told him, according to the complaint. "We can't give you a lot of medication. You're going straight into surgery."

It was agonizing. King told investigators he felt "very long needles going through my skin and down into my kidney."

The jig was up when hospital officials found empty syringes in her pockets and demanded she take a drug test. She wouldn't, and was fired.

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Sarah May Casareto tells patient to "man up" and steals pain meds before surgery

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