Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nurse convicted of taking pictures of unconscious patient's penis on iPhone

Published 29/03/2016 | 11:48

Kristen Johnson (Photo: Onondaga County Sheriffs Office)
Kristen Johnson (Photo: Onondaga County Sheriffs Office)

A New York nurse has stepped down from her profession after she was convicted of taking a photograph of an unconscious patient's penis.

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Kristen Johnson (27) took the photographs on her iPhone and sent them via text message, authorities said.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office began to investigate the young nurse after her colleagues reported she had taken intimate images of two patients.

Johnson was arrested in May of last year and pleaded guilty to 'disseminating of unlawful surveillance photos' in November.

She initially faced a felony charge, but it was later reduced.

As part of the plea deal, she has now given up her nursing licence and is required to spend three years on probation.

Johnson, from Fulton, "did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice," the state Board of Regents announced following the agreement.

Johnson took the photographs in 2014 when she was working at Upstate University Hospital, New York.

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