A Pennsylvania nurse faced 47 criminals charges after it was reported that he used his cell phone for a sick hobby.
The Allentown Morning Call reported that James Close, a licensed practical nurse, used his phone to secretly record videos of nude patients, including a 17-year-old girl, while they were being treated at a dermatology center in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County.
Court records showed that the girl spotted the phone on the floor of the booth at Penn Medicine Dermatology where she was receiving light treatment on Feb.13. She gave the phone to staff members, who contacted police.
Police arrested Close, 45, and after obtaining a search warrant, detectives discovered 18 additional videos of seven other women who were nude or partially nude while receiving light treatment at the center, court documents revealed. Three of those videos were of the teen, police said.
All of the videos were filmed in the light radiation booth, court records indicated.
Close’s face could be seen in some of the videos, and in others he could be heard talking to the patients — almost like he was toying with them, making a game of taking advantage of their trust.
Close appeared in court on Feb. 13, where he faced charges include a felony count of filming a nude child and endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of invasion of privacy.
“It’s very disturbing. You have a trust with people in the medical profession,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub told KYW-TV.
“I’m afraid there may be more (victims),” he said. “That’s my concern at this point. We want to make sure we take care of the victims that we have. Make them feel safe.”
Close was being held Tuesday on $100,000 bail.
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What a sick, voyeuristic game for a grown man, let alone a trusted medical professional, to be playing. The case cries out for justice.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail