GREEN BAY, Wis., July 3 (UPI) -- Two former employees of a Wisconsin nursing home have been charged with using their cellphones to photograph residents while they were naked.
Michelle A. Bulger, 22, of Cecil and Ashley J. Schaumberg, 20, of Pulaski were charged last week in Brown County, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Wednesday. Both have been fired as certified nursing assistants by Brookview Meadows, an adult-care and assisted living facility in Howard, Wis.
Schaumberg allegedly videotaped Bulger while she was assisting an 84-year-old who had an obstructed bowel and was naked from the waist down, prosecutors said. Bulger was apparently mugging for the camera, gagging and covering her mouth.
In another case, an 81-year-old resident was photographed while bathing.
Both Schaumburg and Bulger are charged with photographing nudity without consent, a crime that carries a potential sentence of more than three years.
"I think, in their mind, they thought they were being funny," said Capt. Jeff Sanborn of the Brown County Sheriff's Department. "But we take these kinds of things very seriously. We put all of our trust into these employees of these elderly care facilities and when something like this happens, it's sad. Very sad."