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Nurse accused of secretly recording naked patients

James Close is accused of secretly taking photos of patients.

James Close is accused of secretly taking photos of patients.  (Bucks County DA )

A nurse in Pennsylvania took secret photographs and videos of eight naked patients — including a 17-year-old girl — during appointments at a dermatology office, authorities said.

James Close, 45, initially was charged earlier this month with recording the nude teenager while working at Penn Medicine Dermatology in Yardley, but investigators later found videos of seven additional female patients and three more clips of the teen in his iPhone, according to court documents.

Police were called to the practice on Feb. 13 after the 17-year-old spotted a silver iPhone on the ground while she was undressed to receive radiation treatment for a skin disorder.

“The iPhone’s screen indicated that it was recording live video and that it had been doing so for 25 seconds,” Detective Richard Meehl said in the affidavit of probable cause. “She could see her full nude reflection on the active iPhone camera. She turned the phone over to facility staff upon discovering it at her feet.”

Detectives later obtained a search warrant for Close’s phone and discovered roughly 18 videos depicting the teen and seven other victims under Close’s care. According to court records, four of the women are completely nude and one is nude below her torso. None of them consented to be recorded by Close, authorities said.

Police said Close’s voice is recognizable on the videos and his face is even spotted in one — a 49-second clip that shows one victim’s breasts during a visit.

The videos found on Close’s phone dated from Jan. 18 through his arrest on Feb. 13, ranging from 13 seconds to more than 3 minutes long. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on 43 new charges and is being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail, according to Larry King, a spokesman for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

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