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Police: Former Upstate nurse took pictures of patients' intimate parts while unconscious

After a nine month investigation by the DAâ??s office and New York State University Police at Upstate, police have arrested 26-year-old Kristen Johnson of Fulton, a former nurse at Upstate University Hospital for allegedly taking pictures of the intimate parts of unconscious patients.

The allegations stem from reports from Johnsons co-workers. She allegedly sent out the pictures of two patients via text message.

Johnson is being charged with unlawful surveillance and disseminating unlawful surveillance.

The patients have been identified and their families have been notified.

â??Despite what certain people seem to think, it is a crime in the state of New York to view, broadcast or record images of another personâ??s intimate body parts, surreptitiously,â?? said DA Bill Fitzpatrick.

Public and Media Relations Director at Upstate University Hospital, Darryl Geddes released this statement:

â??Upstate University Hospital has been working closely with its University Police Department and the Onondaga County District Attorneyâ??s Office on an investigation into inappropriate behavior of one of our nurses. Today the investigation has resulted in this individualâ??s arrest on several charges, including unlawful surveillance stemming from taking inappropriate photos with a cell phone of patients in 2014. This individual was suspended immediately when this matter was discovered.

Patients identified in the photos have been contacted by authorities.

The privacy of our patients is a fundamental aspect of our care. It is at the core of our relationship with our patients and their loved ones.

This individual case is not reflective of the more than 2,000 registered nurses and nursing staff who work around the clock every day at Upstate and are committed to the care and safety of their patients. As nurses, they deliver care to their patients every day with clinical expertise, respect and dignity in every patient interaction.â??

Johnson was arraigned today in front of Judge Andrews.

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