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Nurse's Aide Charged With Taking Inappropriate Photo: Aide Charged Over Photo of Patient

Nurse's Aide Charged With Taking Inappropriate Photo: Aide Charged Over Photo of Patient


August 07, 2009

PLATTSBURGH — A former nurse’s aide from Clinton County Nursing Home has been charged with taking a sexually explicit photo of a 49-year-old male patient with a traumatic brain injury.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office said Shane Spooner, 33, of Standish Street used a cell phone to take an “inappropriate photo of a nursing-home patient under his care.”

Plattsburgh City Police charged Spooner Thursday morning with second-degree unlawful surveillance and first-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image, both felonies.


The complaint alleges that on March 28 Spooner used his cell phone to take a picture of the 49-year-old’s genitals and sent a text message with this photograph to a female employee, who was not working at the time.

Spooner asked his co-worker to forward the picture to another friend, but instead she reported the incident to her supervisors.

Spooner allegedly admitted his conduct to an investigator from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and conceded that he took and sent the photograph for his own amusement.

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Spooner, who has known about the investigation into his actions for a month, surrendered to law enforcement Thursday.


He is no longer employed at the nursing home and was arraigned Thursday before Judge Penelope Clute. A pair of agents from the Attorney General’s Office escorted the husband and father of two, who walked with his head down, into City Court.

Clute sent Spooner to Clinton County Jail on $1,000 cash bail, $2,000 bond.

She said Spooner has at least three prior misdemeanor convictions in City Court, including aggravated unlicensed operation.


“These charges are a disgusting example of abuse within the walls of a New York nursing home,” Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.

“The employee allegedly violated the privacy rights of his patient, the laws of New York state and the rules of common decency.

“This office has zero tolerance for nurses and health-care providers who disregard the law, and our investigation into this kind of misconduct at New York nursing homes continues.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    There is absolutely no place in a medical facility of any type for a cell phone, especially one with a camera. If there are facilities who do not have policies preventing ANYONE from having any type of camera they should be cited by the state! Every patient is entitled to privacy.

  • Dj091208_max50


    over 5 years ago


    When I 1st clicked on this article I thought it was about the story that had happened recently down in SW Virginia. An incident similar only worse in my estimation occurred a few weeks ago down in Galax involved 2 CNAs taking pictures of more then one resident . The link follows:

    Its just disturbing that fellow healthcare workers licensed or not would do such a thing.

  • Playing_it_safe_high_heel_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I don't blame him, I blame the nursing home for hiring him when he showed a propensity to commit crime, predicated on his legal historics.

    "Spooner has at least three prior misdemeanor convictions in City Court, including aggravated unlicensed operation".

    If he had a clean record, and this was his first offense, then it would be his fault. Conversely, it was not his first offense, he had a record, thus I find the nursing home negligent by default; they had the power to stop the incident before it happened through reasonable employee screening.
    Send Spooner to a hard labor camp in Siberia for 5 years, and fine the nursing home a punitive $50,000-wake-up-call, give the gal who turned him in an award and a letter of commendation to go in her file, and drive on.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I applaud the coworker who reported this to her supervisor. This was horribly disrepectful and what if it went over the internet. This person should never be near patients again. I reminds me of the comment in the news that hundreds of people went in the ER room and started at Michael Jackson after he was pronounced dead. I would be heartbroken if I was a friend or relative. Has everyone lost their sense of compassion. Our patients deserve the same attention and respect post-mortem as they did while trying to be resuscitated. I also will not alow my nursing students to have cell phones out in clinical.

  • Dscf0350_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This isn't the first article of this kind I've read this year. As a result, I am cracking down on students who bring cell phones to clinic (students are not allowed to per their student handbook).

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I couldn't even finish the article. I hope he was reported and his license taken so he never works in the field again.

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