Bassett nurse faces more charges

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Anderson W. Lee, 27, who was arrested in January for allegedly videotaping co-workers without their consent, is facing more charges for unlawful surveillance.

According to Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert, Lee was charged with the new counts Friday, Feb. 2. He now faces 40 counts of unlawful surveillance for allegedly recording co-workers at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, where Lee worked as a registered nurse.

Lee, a resident of Cooperstown, was initially charged Jan. 24 with two sets of 12 counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a Class E felony. This was after the discovery of a recording device in a limited-access, staff-only area of the hospital, according to a Jan. 25 media release from Cooperstown Police.

Evidence of the recordings were found in Lee’s residence after police obtained a search warrant, Covert said.

Covert confirmed that this brings the numbers of victims to 20 and that the surveillance began as early as June. Cooperstown Police said after Lee’s arrest in January that no patient areas were recorded.

The investigation is ongoing as investigators go over the video evidence.

Lee had worked at Bassett Medical Center for three years, according to Bassett officials.

The case is expected to move to the Otsego County Court, but has not yet been transferred, as of Feb. 6, Otsego Town Court officials said.

Each charge has resulted in two counts under different sections of the same law regarding a person installing “a device to surreptitiously view, broadcast or record a person dressing or undressing or the sexual or other intimate parts of such person at a place and time when such person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without such person’s knowledge or consent.”

The first set of charges against Lee concerns his using the device for amusement, profit or for the purpose of degrading or abusing a person, and the second concerns the use of a device for the user’s sexual arousal or gratification.

Covert said the recordings were for Lee’s personal use.

On Jan. 26, Lee was arraigned in Otsego Town Court.

He was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Following Lee’s arrest in January, Bassett released a statement saying: “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.”

Whitney Bashaw, staff writer, can be reached at wbashaw@thedailystar.com 441-7218. Follow her @DS_WhitneyB on Twitter. 

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