Woman sentenced for bathroom video of elderly patient



ELLSWORTH — Justice Bruce C. Mallonee found a Cranberry Isles woman guilty of misdemeanor violation of privacy Tuesday, according to District Attorney Matt Foster.

Foster said Jessica Bunker, 25, a former certified nursing assistant at a nursing facility, which has since closed, made a video recording of an 84-year-old woman who has dementia in the woman’s private bathroom. Bunker then shared the video with a friend, the prosecutor said.

The friend notified authorities about the video, Foster said.

The victim had been a resident at a now closed local rehabilitation and nursing facility, Foster said.

“The state argued that while one could never know the impact of Ms. Bunker’s actions on the victim’s actual mental welfare given the victim’s advanced dementia, what mattered was that any person’s mental welfare would be put at risk by having such a video taken and disseminated,” Foster said.

The state had also charged Bunker with endangering the welfare of a dependent person, which is a Class C felony. However, Mallonee acquitted Bunker of that charge.

Mallonee sentenced Bunker to 10 days in the Hancock County Jail.

Foster said Bunker’s lack of criminal record was a sentencing factor.

The district attorney said his office “vigorously prosecutes these types of crimes in order to protect our elders and other individuals who find themselves in positions of high risk for exploitation and victimization.”

Foster said he hopes that “the victim and her family have a sense of closure in this matter and that future cases of this nature will be prosecuted in similar fashion.”

Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Bar Harbor Police Officer Soren Sundberg.

Jennifer Osborn

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