Personal Injury

Virginia women take nude photos of nursing home residents

In a developing story first reported by WSLS TV in Roanoke, Virginia, on Wednesday, now two former employees of the Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Galax have been arrested. They are charged with intentionally videotaping and taking photos of residents either undressing or in the nude, without the residents’ consent.

According to the WSLS report by Ashely Roberts, the Galax Police Chief says social services workers received an anonymous tip that led them to investigate the nursing home for what were described as pornographic images of residents.

Yesterday, 29-year-old Sharon Ann Walker was arrested on two counts of knowingly and intentionally videotaping or photographing a non-consenting person who was 18 years of age or older when such person was nude or in a state of undress without the person’s permission. Today, police announced a second arrest in the case, charging Livia Dawn Crisan of Galax with two identical counts. Crisan also was arrested Thursday.

Both women worked at the nursing home facility, and both were terminated.

WSLS reported nursing home administrator Jim Wooddell as saying no residents were physically abused, but did admit their rights were violated. He said the nursing home is cooperating with investigators.

In a bizarre twist, one of the arrested suspects, Livia Crisan, is a professional model with her own web site to promote her work, some of it scantily clad. In the police mug shot featured on the WSLS web site,  she is seen smiling.