Long Island cardiologist Vincent Pacienza was convicted yesterday of unlawful surveillance for setting up a surveillance camera in the bathroom of his medical office to watch women do their business. Back in June 2008, Pacienza closed an employees-only bathroom at this Manhasset office, leaving one bathroom for both employees and patients. He also informed female employees he had installed an air purifier across from the toilet, but according to the Nassau DA's press release, the air purifier "contained a hidden wireless camera with a direct video feed to a monitor underneath Pacienza’s desk."

The camera was discovered by office manager Debbie Schubert, who found an invoice for surveillance equipment on Pacienza's desk. The defense attorney claimed it was a "nanny-cam." Pacienza faces up to four years in prison, and must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said, “This defendant completely betrayed the trust of his employees, many of whom worked him for many years." Ellen Marino, who worked as a nuclear medicine technologist in Pacienza's office, told Newsday (subscription required), "He deserves it."