Nurse accused of recording videos of naked patients

A nurse with voyeuristic tendencies is coming up against criminal charges after he had secretly recorded female patients, around eight of them, in a Philadelphia dermatology center, say authorities.

A Montgomery County man who allegedly captured secret images of patients at a Bucks County dermatology practice is facing more charges.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office says James Close, of Boone Avenue in Roslyn, was initially charged on February 13 with surreptitiously video taping the 17-year-old patient while she was receiving a light radiation treatment at Penn Medicine Dermatology on the 1000 block of Floral Vale Boulevard in Lower Makefield.

"The iPhone's screen indicated that it was recording live video and that it had been doing so for 25 seconds", Det.

At the time of his arrest, the 45-year-old nurse was charged with four criminal counts related to the teen's recordings, including filming a nude child, criminal use of a communication facility, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of invasion of privacy.

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The phone was traced to Close, who was the licensed practical nurse and technician assigned for the girl's treatments, authorities tell the news stations. She was furious at discovering that she was being recorded in the nude and alerted the authorities.

But as of Monday, he now faces 43 additional charges stemming from the other seven women believed to be victims, CBSPhilly.com reports. She immediately handed the iPhone over to facility staff. There are also three more videos of the teen girl.

Close, who was being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bails, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary arraignment.

A total of 18 videos depicting nude patients were recorded on Close's phone between January 18 and February 13. Spokeswoman Susan Phillips however said they are "appalled at the actions of this former employee" and would do anything to assist investigators with his case.

  • Ismael Montgomery