Aide At Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation Arrested For Taking Pornographic Pictures of Residents

A 29-year-old nursing home employee was arrested for taking pornographic pictures of residents in her care. According to the Galax, Virginia, police chief,  “an adult protective service worker with the [local] Department of Social Services received an anonymous complaint that employees of Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation had taken photos of patients without their consent. The photographs were described as pornographic.” 

The aide, Sharon Ann Walker of Fries, is charged with two counts of knowingly and intentionally videotaping or photographing a non-consenting person who was 18 years of age or older when such person was nude or in a state of undress without the person's permission.

Walker allegedly shared the pictures with other people, but the police chief doesn’t believe they were posted online.

He says the crime involved more than one patient at the nursing home and is believed to have happened between April 1, 2009 and July 15, 2009.

An additional arrest is anticipated as a result of this investigation.For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 

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