An upstate New York nurse was forced to surrender her nursing license following a criminal conviction for taking inappropriate patient photos.
Kristen Johnson, 27, of Fulton, New York, allegedly took photos of an unconscious patient's penis with her iPhone in 2015, WRGB reported. She had sent pictures of two patients via text message, according to her coworkers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
Johnson pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of disseminating unlawful surveillance photos in November 2015, Syracuse.com noted. As part of the plea deal, she was forced to turn in her nursing license and is also required to spend three years on probation.
The nurse had originally been charged with two felony counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance and one count of second-degree disseminating unlawful surveillance. The felony charges against her were dropped in the plea bargain.
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She was first arrested on the charges in May 2015 following a nine-month investigation by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.
According to the New York State Education Department, Johnson signed a voluntary agreement to surrender her license. On the signed consent form, Johnson did not contest the charge that she had practiced nursing with moral unfitness.
In addition to photographing the male patient's genitals, Johnson was also accused of using her iPhone to record a video of a nurse cleaning an incapacitated female patient's gastrointestinal blood clot.