Certified Nurses Assistant Pleaded Guilty to Taking Nude Pictures of Rehab Center Residents

According to The Mountain Press, one of two women accused of taking compromising pictures and videos of patients under her care at a care and rehab center pleaded guilty to the charges against her in exchange for a lighter sentence. The woman was indicted in September on four counts of health care abuse after allegations surfaced which claimed she and a fellow nursing assistant used a cell phone to capture images of residents at the center, including some in which the subjects were partially clothed or fully naked.

The acts were discovered on April 2, 2009, when one of the women left her cell phone at a local restaurant. Employees there began searching the phone to see if it might have information about its owner and stumbled on a total of 47 pictures and 27 videos of the center's residents. The images showed residence in the nude, and one video showed the CNA's shaking a patient's bed.

Both women involved were arrested and are now facing four counts each of health care abuse. In response, the state also suspended admissions to the facility for several weeks until the issues were addressed. The facility, which consistently has the lowest rating from state inspectors and has faced previous lawsuits relating to neglect and abuse of patients. One of the woman involved has been arrested six previous times since 2000, facing charges of driving on a revoked license, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and domestic violence assault. 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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