Chaplain Charged Over Photos at Texas Nursing Home

By Susy Solis
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 12:07 AM CDT
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A chaplain is accused of secretly taking photos with a covert camera at a Granbury nursing home.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

A chaplain is accused of secretly taking photos with a covert camera at a Granbury nursing home.

A chaplain is accused of secretly taking photos at a Fort Worth-area nursing home.

Granbury police say Matthew Christopher Porter was identified by a photo of him allegedly adjusting the camera.

Granbury police said an employee found the camera in October in a staff bathroom at Harbor Lakes Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation.

"It's a covert type of camera that appears to be a type of clock, like an electronic alarm clock... evidently she just realized that it didn't belong there, she didn't recognize it," said Granbury Police Det. Chris Cogdill. Police said the employee was suspicious when she looked closer she saw and SD card.

Police said they found more than 4,000 photos on the SD card showing people in various stages of undress.

Police said the photos were take in various locations including at The Church at Granbury and at another church in Somerville County.

Among the victims are some 20 adults and three children that have not been identified. "As far as identifying the victims, with there being so many, I was able to utilize Facebook and once I obtained one victim, then they were really able to help me identify the other victims," said Cogdill.

Porter is charged with felony improper photography or visual recording. He was arrested Jan. 7 and freed on $20,000 bail.

Porter's family had no comment but his attorney confirmed that Porter no longer has ties with any churches or nursing homes in the area.

Porter attorney R. Shay Isham says his client has been the target of threats.

In 2008, in Manatee County, Fla., Porter pleaded no contest to nine counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

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