The Pantagraph reported the lawsuit filed against Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community related to sexual images of residents posted on Facebook by caregivers.  The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home failed to protect residents of the dementia care unit.

Residents’ privacy and dignity were violated by the alleged unauthorized and inappropriate photography of residents, including “toileting, bathing, resting in bed” while partially nude and in embarrassing and humiliating circumstances.

 Criminal charges are pending against Samantha J. Brown and Michael Shawn Scurlock. Both are charged with nonconsensual dissemination of sexual images. The criminal charges resulted from a McLean County Sheriff’s Department  investigation that prosecutors said involved reviewing about 55,000 pages of documents, including records from Facebook and internet service providers.

The nursing home was fined $25,000 in July by the state Department of Public Health for allegedly failing to protect residents and failing to report the posting of unauthorized images on social media.

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