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Nursing Home Worker Accused of Snapping Pic of Patient's Privates Indicted

Two Newark women formally charged with third degree conspiracy after allegedly taking picture of elderly patient's genitalia, posting to Facebook

A nursing home worker and her friend accused of posting a Facebook photo of an elderly patient's genitalia were indicted Monday, the Attorney General's office announced.

Helien Williams, 26, a certified nursing assistant at CareOne at Livingston, and Michele Walker, 22, both of Newark, were formally charged with third degree conspiracy in a state grand jury indictment. Williams was also charged with two counts of third degree invasion of privacy, while Walker was hit with one count of third degree invasion of privacy.

Williams is accused of taking a photo of the patient's genitalia in January 2012 and sending it to Walker, who posted the picture on her Facebook page. Williams was fired from her position at CareOne at Livingston, an assistant living facility for senior citizens in Livingston.

Deputy Attorney General Peter Sepulveda, Sgt. Patricia Yellen and Detective Ronald Allen were assigned to the investigation.

Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000.

Jill December 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Facebook helps you connect with the people in your life, and soon these two migrants will be connecting with a lot of interesting new people. Fortunately for them, the genitalia in question belonged to an old person and not to a child because there is nothing so sacred as our children's genitalia.
Jill December 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Sorry, I meant miscreants, not migrants. My phone can't spell.
Scondo December 10, 2012 at 05:30 PM
You have heard of the maxim "To big to fail" in connection with financial bailouts. This looks like a case of "Too Stupid to Prosecute" In addition to the hurt that they cause the victims, they also hurt the reputation of the business in which they work.
Tara December 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
How sad. These people who have lived through so much already deserve peace in the final part of their journey here. I hope they receive a maximum penalty and I hope they receive help because they need it.
Patty December 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I have first hand experience with a hand full of so called "good" nursing homes. They offer low pay to workers and most of these so called nurses aids could care less about the elderly and do as little as possible on the job. It's almost impossible to find one (NA) born in the USA because of low wages and type of work at most nursing homes. Nursing home owners are in it for the money, its just another business to them and the bottom line is most important.

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