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VA nurse accused of spying on University of Pittsburgh students from VA hospital garage

Paul May (Allegheny County Jail)
November 14, 2017

A nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Nov. 6 for allegedly spying on students in their dorms at the University of Pittsburgh from the VA hospital parking garage.

Paul May, 56, was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, loitering and prowling, and possessing instruments of crime, according to a court document.

The VA said they are working on terminating May after being arrested in the parking garage for using a spotting scope to look into the University of Pittsburgh’s dorms.

“This behavior is not in line with the norms and values of the VA, and as a result the employee has been suspended from all duties. VA has initiated the process for removal from employment right away,” VA spokesman Curt Cashour said in a statement. “Secretary [David] Shulkin has made clear that VA will hold employees accountable when they fail to live up to the high standards taxpayers expect from us. And that’s exactly what we’re doing in this case.”

“The University learned today that the VA Hospital Police Department arrested a man last night for allegedly using a spotting scope to look in the direction of a residence hall,” University spokesman Joe Miksch said in a statement. “The University is cooperating with VAPD to determine if students may have been impacted and is working to directly inform the residents of nearby residence halls of the investigation.”