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UPDATE: Man Charged withTaking Nude Pictures of Psychiatric Patients


UPDATE 10/22/13 @ 5:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former employee at a Huntington psychiatric hospital has been arrested and charged with taking nude photos of patients.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Reuben James Fetty, 38, of Milton, was arrested Tuesday by W.Va. State Police on 13 counts of misdemeanor criminal invasion of privacy.

State Police said that on October 16, officials at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital contacted them concerning misconduct of an employee, Reuben Fetty.

At the time, Fetty was an assistant at the hospital, who aided patients in daily activities, including personal hygiene.

According to the criminal complaint, Fetty's estranged wife found several photos of nude people, who appeared to be hospital patients, on his cell phone.

She then contacted the hospital, who then contacted State Police. Troopers say they found 13 photos of three different people, all nude or partially nude on the phone.

According to the criminal complaint, hospital officials confirmed the people in the photos were patients, and were “clinically incompetent and could not provide consent to the images.”

Investigators say hospital officials suspended Fetty pending an internal investigation and that he resigned prior to State Police getting involved in the case.

According to the complaint, Fetty told investigators that he took at least three photographs while at the hospital. He said they were taken “to be shared as a joke.”

Fetty also told investigators the other images were taken by another former employee. State Police tell WSAZ.com they are still investigating this case.

Following his arrest, Fetty was released on his own recognizance.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/18/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Serious accusations about a former employee at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital have West Virginia State Police taking a close look at what may have happened behind closed doors.

"This investigation revolves around photos and things of that nature and inappropriate conduct there at the hospital," Sgt. G.N. Losh said.

Sources tell WSAZ.com the man under investigation was taking nude pictures of several patients while he was on the job.

"We're going to see if that inappropriate conduct crossed over into criminal activity," Sgt. Losh said, "and if someone needs to be arrested, we'll take care of it. There's a lot of ground work we've got to do with some of the victims."

Troopers say hospital officials have been very cooperative, helping them try to figure out exactly what happened.

"It was a concern to Mitchell-Bateman [Hospital] and I'm sure the families that have family members in the hospital would be concerned," Sgt. Losh said.

WSAZ.com contacted the hospital, which referred us to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, which now manages the hospital.

In a news release, DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling stated, "We have contacted the authorities and are fully cooperating with the police investigation. The protection of our patients is of the utmost importance."

Since the investigation is ongoing, State Police can't release many details but do say the former worker was not a nurse or physician.

"I think through his normal work duties he came into contact with these reported victims, and that's what we're going to get to the bottom of," Losh said.

State Police hope to have this investigation wrapped up in the next few days. However, as of now, the man under investigation has not been charged with any crimes.

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