Police: Ellis nurse hid camera
Bourdeau accused of recording employees in hospital bathroom
Updated 10:06 p.m.
SCHENECTADY A registered nurse at Ellis Hospital has been arrested for secretly videotaping hospital employees in an employee bathroom, police said.
Paul J. Bourdeau, 45, of 1225 Union St., is accused of secretly recording in the bathroom by using a camera hidden in what looked like a flash drive, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.
The recording was discovered after an employee spotted the device and alerted hospital officials.
Bourdeau is accused of moving the device at least once, hiding it at one point under a sink, McCracken said. The employee bathroom was located on the first floor of the hospital’s E wing.
“It was hidden in two different locations. He had moved it, I guess to get a better angle,” McCracken said.
The camera was in place for at least one week, police said. Court paperwork puts the time frame at a month, from Oct. 12 to Nov. 13.
Hospital officials declined to give Bourdeau’s current status at the hospital, saying they don’t discuss employment matters.
In a news release, though, a hospital spokesman said the hospital first became aware of the incident on Nov. 13, and all involved have been notified.
“Ellis Medicine officials immediately contacted the Schenectady Police Department and are cooperating fully with the investigation,” the hospital statement reads.
They referred all other comment to the Police Department.
Bourdeau has been a registered nurse for more than a decade, state records show. He received his license in August 2001, according to the state Office of the Professions. He is listed as registered through 2015.
Bourdeau was arraigned Tuesday morning and ordered held on $1,500 bail. He posted the bail and was released, police said.
Bourdeau faces two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, felonies. If convicted of both, he faces possible prison time and registration as a sex offender.
As charged, Bourdeau is accused of placing the camera for his personal sexual gratification.
This is the third case since August in Schenectady involving accusations of people secretly taping in a bathroom.
One of those two other cases ended Monday with a guilty plea that included a jail term and sex offender registration.
Clarence L. Sutton, 29, formerly of Stanley Street, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance. He now faces six months in jail when sentenced in January.
Sutton was arrested in September and accused of using a cellphone to try to record a child getting ready to take a shower Sept. 16 at a location in Schenectady, authorities said.
The child spotted the cellphone and alerted her father, who alerted police.
In the first case in August, Keifer Wray, 24, of Michigan Avenue, was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance and second-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image, a misdemeanor.
He was accused of secretly videotaping at least two women, both visitors at his home, as they used the bathroom between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11. He allegedly hid a camera in a small silver clock in the bathroom. His case is pending.