COOPERSTOWN – A nurse with Bassett Medical Center is facing felony charges after he allegedly installed surveillance equipment in an employee-only area of the hospital to record his co-workers, according to the Cooperstown Police Department.
Anderson Lee, 27, of Cooperstown, is charged with 24 counts of felony second-degree unlawful surveillance. In a statement provided to NEWSChannel 2 on Thursday, Bassett Medical Center officials say that Lee was immediately placed on administrative leave.
Police say that Lee, while working as a nurse at Bassett Medical Center, installed an imaging device in an employees’ area and recorded videos of his employees. Lee told police during his arrest that he only used the device in the employee area, and both Cooperstown and Bassett Medical Center staff confirm that no other recording devices were found.
Police say the alleged surveillance occurred from Jan. 21 through Jan. 22.
Lee was arraigned in the Town of Otsego Court and sent to the Otsego County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. He’s scheduled to reappear in court Friday, Jan. 26.
Police say that further investigation is ongoing.
In response to the arrest announcement, Bassett Medical Center Acting President William LeCates and COO Ronette Wiley provided the following statement:
"Cooperstown Police are currently conducting an investigation following the discovery of a recording device in a limited-access, staff-only area of the hospital earlier this week.
As a result of the police investigation, a hospital employee was arrested and we immediately placed that individual on administrative leave.
Our Security Team conducted a check of other staff-use areas in the hospital and clinic as well as patient areas this employee had access to. No other recording devices have been found.
Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation and out of respect for those affected and people’s privacy, we cannot provide more information. We are grateful to police for their respectful handling of this investigation. The security and privacy of our employees and patients is paramount. Our focus is on continuing to support staff and the care of our patients. We are a community of caring and healing and what affects one of us affects us all."
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