EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEx-Employee Accused Of Taking Nude Photos Of Patients At State Hospital
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Oct. 18, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 9:27 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A hospital worker is accused of taking nude photos of patients at a state hospital.
State Police said a hospital worker at Mildred Mitchell Bateman hospital was fired after nude pictures of patients with mental handicaps were found on his phone.
Family members of patients at the hospital are outraged, after learning police are investigating a former employee for taking dozens of “improper” photos.
"Some of them were of nude pictures, nude orientation," Sgt. G.N. Losh, of West Virginia State Police, said.
Rueben Fetty has since been fired, and State Police are working with prosecutors to press charges against him.
The Department of Health and Human Resources, overseeing the hospital, released a statement, which said, “We have contacted the authorities and are fully cooperating with the police investigation. The protection of our patients is of the utmost importance.”
Police say there may be more to it.
"We are trying to see if that improper activity transferred into criminal activity," Losh said.
William Parsons lives out of state, but said he has a brother at the hospital.
"I’m not surprised at all," he said.
He said abuse has been a problem for his family member, who has been at the hospital for the past five years.
"These are forgotten people,” He said. “Nobody knows them. They don’t have family."
Parsons takes comfort in knowing that a possible arrest is pending.
Troopers are working with prosecutors to press charges.
West Virginia State Police are investigating after reports of misconduct at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington.
A trooper involved in the investigation said one worker was fired after multiple pictures of patients were found on the employees phone.
As of now, no charges have been filed but are forthcoming.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources released the following statement in connection to the investigation:
“We have contacted the authorities and are fully cooperating with the police investigation. The protection of our patients is of the utmost importance.”
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