Former nursing home aide faces criminal charges

A Centereach man who worked at nursing home was arraigned on felony charges Friday after he secretly photographed the feces-covered genitals of an elderly resident and sent it to someone he knew, the state attorney general's office said.

David Rover, 25, was a nurse aide at Woodhaven Care Center in Port Jefferson when he took the "humiliating cellphone picture" of a resident under his care, the state said.

On Aug. 7, he sent it to a nursing student at the North Shore Career Training Institute in Ronkonkoma, with the message, "You would not want to do this job," according to the felony complaint.


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Rover, of 310 Eastwood Blvd., was released on his own recognizance Friday after being arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful surveillance and first-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance.

A man who answered the phone at Rover's home declined to comment Friday.

Woodhaven officials were tipped off about the photo by another student at the training institute, according to the complaint. When confronted by the nursing director, Rover admitted to taking and sharing the photo, the complaint said.

Rover, who had been working there for just two months, was fired by the nursing home, state officials said.

Investigators seized Rover's cellphone last month. Additional charges are possible because other photos and videos were found showing other nursing home residents being ridiculed or mentally tortured, according to the attorney general's office.

Woodhaven officials did not return a call Friday seeking comment.

Rover faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

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