James Close, a licensed practical nurse at Penn Medicine Dermatology was arrested and stripped of his medical license after one smart teenager noticed what he had left on the floor for her.
Close had apparently been bugging the examination rooms and filming female patients as they were undressing. Police were horrified to uncover videos of at least 18 unsuspecting girls.
The teenager that finally brought and end to this got lucky that she was so vigilant. She noticed what so many others failed to see – a little phone light signaling that the cell phone was recording a video.
She immediately began screaming and making a ruckus, so other medical personnel came in to help her. When they saw what she saw, they were flabbergasted.
Police were called immediately.
Opposing Views reports further:
When police searched Close’s phone, they found the videos — some of which included clips of a 70-year-old woman.
“It’s very disturbing. You have a trust with people in the medical profession,” attorney Matt Weintraub told KYW. ” … I’m afraid there may be more [videos]. 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.”
Coluzzi said that the videos were taken without patients’ knowledge while they were in treatment booths.
“Your eyes are protected,” he said. “There may be something to protect your head. And the individual didn’t think he’d be seen.”
Close was originally charged with four counts of recording the teen, but later was hit with 43 additional charges for the seven other women who were identified as victims.
“We’d like to make a plea to the public that if anyone was seen by this dermatological practice and they feel they may have been a victim they should come forward to Lower Makefield Township Police Department,” Weintraub said.
“We are appalled by the action of this former employee and we are cooperating fully with the investigation,” hospital spokeswoman Susan Phillips said in a statement.
Close was arrested and jailed in lieu of at least $100,000 bail, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In his initial court appearance on the charges, an emotional Close told the judge that his children were 16 and 17 years old and that he didn’t have the money to post the bond.
In the event that Close does make bail, he is legally barred from contacting any of the potential victims and may not have unsupervised contact with minors.
What a warning for parents everywhere to be extra vigilant for their kids safety!