CBS New York reported that two nursing home aides, David Rover and Thomas Mocera, have been accused of taking graphic photographs of approximately eleven nursing home residents in three Suffolk County nursing homes. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asserts that among the photographs taken by the two were images of bed sores, patients’ private areas covered in feces, and an overflowing colostomy bag. These images were reportedly taken without the patients’ consent, violating both their privacy and dignity.
The incidents reportedly occurred at Woodhaven nursing home in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, and Jefferson’s Ferry in South Setauket. Representatives from Woodhaven declined to comment to CBS New York, and representatives from Jefferson’s Ferry denied that there was any evidence that such an incident occurred. Fred Snanga, the director of Long Island State Veterans Home was “completely outraged” by the actions of the two men.
Rover and Mocera are both pleading not guilty to the charges. Family members of the victims are calling for better screening processes for nursing home employees.