Nurse's Aide Gets Jail Time For Posting Demeaning Pictures of Residents on the Internet

A former nursing assistant spent eight days in jail after being found guilty of taking disturbing photos of elderly or disabled patients and posting them publicly on Facebook. A jury convicted the 26-year-old of invasion of personal privacy, a misdemeanor, late last month. She finished her prison sentence on Friday.

The nurse's aide was accused of taking graphic photos of patients using bed pans in April 2011. The photographs show at least two patients. The other pictures are of the contents of bed pans. She posted the pictures in such a way that her Facebook friends could view and comment on them. The woman denied taking the photos, but admitted that she posted them.

In January, the aide was fired from the facility and forced to surrender her license. On top of the short jail sentence, she was ordered to write a 1,000-word apology to a patient. The judge ruled that if the apology is not up to his standards, she could be charged with violating her probation. Lastly, the aide has been forbidden for two years from working in a job that would require her to care for children or the elderly. 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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