A male nurse in Pennsylvania has admitted to secretly taping female patients while they undressed. According to People, 45-year-old James Close has pled guilty to 48 charges including three dozen charges of invasion of privacy.
The former Penn Medicine nurse secretly recorded female patients, including a 17-year-old, while at the Bucks County dermatology office.
“I think it is a step toward closure,” said Robert J. Mongeluzzi, a lawyer for three of the victims, on Friday. “Obviously, there was a system failure in how an institution could have put a male nurse in a situation with females unsupervised.”
Close was charged in February. The teen patient discovered Close’s phone on the floor as she was in a private light-therapy booth. On the screen, she saw the reflection of her naked body.
When authorities took his iPhone, they found 18 videos of seven other female patients between the ages of 20 and 70.
Close's sentencing has been deferred pending a sex-offender evaluation. His lawyer says that his client is "remorseful."
[Photo: Bucks County District Attorney's Office]