Robert J. Mongeluzzi Statement on Behalf of Sex-Crimes Victims Following Sentencing of Ex-Penn Medicine Nurse James Close

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 28, 2017) – As expressed in court today, our clients have been significantly traumatized and continue to suffer – to their core – by the “horrific violation of their privacy by the Penn Health System, its doctors, and former clinical Nurse James Close,” stated Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, following today’s sentencing in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas of the former Penn Medicine dermatology center nurse.

Mr. Mongeluzzi, whose firm represents two of the victims who were secretly and invasively photographed by Nurse Close during their treatments, said with the conclusion of the sex-crimes prosecution, “we turn our focus to ensuring that all those responsible for failing to protect our clients from injury are held fully accountable.”

Adam J. Pantano, of SMB, said the firm’s clients provided compelling victim-impact statements at the proceeding. He added, “There is no question that these women were and remain severely traumatized by the repulsive actions of James Close and Penn Medicine. He violated them when they placed their trust in him and Penn Medicine as their caregivers. They want to make sure that what happened to them cannot happen again.”

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