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Crime & Courts

Former Central DuPage Hospital employee charged with stealing photos from patient's phone

South Elgin man faces 2 felony charges

WINFIELD – A former Central DuPage Hospital employee has been charged with taking a patient's cell phone and illegally sending personal photographs from it to his cell phone.

Mark Luis, 33, of the 700 block of Waterside Drive, South Elgin, is charged with one felony count of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images and one felony count of computer tampering. He voluntarily turned himself in to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on April 28.

On Nov. 12, 2016, while at Central DuPage Hospital, the victim entered her password and used her cell phone in front of Luis, who was a nurse at the hospital, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. While at the hospital, the victim was not allowed to have her phone with her for a brief time, and consequently the phone was left at a nurses’ station, the release stated.

Luis allegedly removed the phone from the station, entered the victim’s password and sent more than 60 images and six videos of the victim to his personal cell phone, according to the release.

The alleged crime was uncovered when the victim synced the phone to her iCloud account when she got home and discovered numerous photographs and videos were sent from her phone to a phone number she did not know and all the images and videos were sent when the phone was not in her possession, the release stated.

An investigation led by the Winfield Police Department with assistance from the State’s Attorney’s Office led investigators to Luis, according to the release.

On April 19, DuPage County Judge Richard Russo issued a $200,000 arrest warrant for Luis.

“The sickening behavior alleged against Mr. Luis in this case is just astounding,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Going to the hospital can be a very stressful event and while there, patients should not have to worry about such a tremendous invasion of privacy, as is alleged in this case. The allegations in this case should serve as a reminder to people that when using your cell phone in public, be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure no one can steal your password."

His next court appearance is set for May 8.

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