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3 children no longer test positive for gonorrhea

Three children cared for by a day-care operator facing child pornography possession charges have tested negative for gonorrhea after initially testing positive, the operator's lawyer said Thursday. "A second test was done and it was negative," said lawyer J. David Bogenschutz, who represents John Shaver, 56, of Fort Lauderdale. "He doesn't have it and the kids don't have it so we're back to square one."

Prosecutors were considering testing the children a third time, he said. Shaver's gonorrhea test proved negative.

But the latest results don't affect a police investigation into determining the source of the gonorrhea infection found in the initial throat cultures of the three children who attended Shaver's Rainbow Learning Center, said Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Ott Cefkin.

That's because health officials have told police that false negatives are not uncommon, he said.

"We were told that the health department was 100 percent sure when they found the gonorrhea that they were certain that that was what it was," Cefkin said. "They said it was virtually impossible to have a false positive. And now you have a negative. It could be a false negative."

In their investigation into whether any day-care children were molested, police have found no evidence of abuse. Also Thursday, the state attorney's office agreed to videotape all their interviews with children involved in the case, Bogenschutz said.

Shaver, 56, was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with five counts of possessing child pornography for magazines police say they found in his home.

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