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2 accused of posting sexual images of nursing home residents

Pantagraph - 9/2/2017

Sept. 02--BLOOMINGTON -- Police are seeking a man charged with posting on Facebook sexual images of residents of a nursing home in McLean County.

Michael Shawn Scurlock, 47, last of Lexington, and Samantha J. Brown, 29, were indicted last month on charges of nonconsensual dissemination of sexual images. Brown, whose address was not available, posted $1,035 to be released until a Sept. 8 arraignment, but police still were seeking Scurlock as of Friday night and issued an appeal through Crime Stoppers of McLean County.

McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said the charges were the result of a sheriff's department investigation of an incident involving a nursing home in McLean County that recently resulted in a fine by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

He and Sheriff Jon Sandage declined to identify which nursing home was involved.

IDPH announced in late July that it was fining Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community near Chenoa$25,000 for allegedly failing to protect the residents and failing to report the posting of unauthorized images, including some with partial nudity, on social media.

Officials said at the time that two former Meadows employees and a third person not associated with Meadows were under investigation after the third person allegedly posted the images.

Two of the six images were "inappropriate," Meadows CEO Jay Biere told The Pantagraph at the time.

Biere said a boyfriend of a former Meadows certified nursing assistant posted the images on social media.

Meadows officials filed an appeal of the fine with IDPH, saying they took action as soon as they found out about the images. They immediately notifying IDPH, the sheriff's office and the families of the residents whose pictures were posted, Biere said, and Meadows terminated the employment of two workers suspected of being involved in the matter.

Chambers praised the thoroughness of the sheriff's department's investigation, noting it involved reviewing about 55,000 pages of documents, including records from Facebook and internet service providers.

Chambers said Brown had been an employee of the nursing home involved in the incident, and she had a personal relationship he declined the characterize further with Scurlock.

Crime Stoppers of McLean County has asked for the public's help in finding Scurlock, who also is wanted on a charge of criminal damage to property over $300.

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He has brown hair, green eyes, fair skin and a large build.

Crime Stoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people who commit felony crimes in McLean County. Call 309-828-1111.

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