A Bridgeport Hospital employee has been charged with sexually assaulting four men and secretly taking thousands of photographs at the hospital's nursing school, according to police.
Barry Barkinsky, 62, was teaching at the hospital's nursing school as the emergency manager and EMS coordinator before the investigation began. Barkinsky, of Stamford, faces four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and 10 counts of voyeurism.
A 22-year-old Bridgeport man who was enrolled in the emergency medical technician course that Barkinsky instructed told police last December he had been sexually assaulted, authorities said.
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The victim said in 2013, Barkinsky offered to help the man with his back troubles by giving him weekly chiropractic treatments at the nursing school. Barkinsky would examine and touch the man's genitals as the victim lied on a table, police said.
At first, the victim thought the procedure was "unorthodox" but didn't question Barkinsky, according to police.
As the treatments continued, the victim would hear camera shutter noises and eventually caught Barkinsky snapping photos of him while he lie naked, authorities said. The victim was able to take pictures of Barkinsky taking photographs during the unauthorized back procedures, according to police.
Barkinsky would secretly photograph naked men lying down, police said. Barkinsky had allegedly convinced the men to allow him to perform unauthorized procedures on them.
When Bridgeport police confronted Barkinsky, he turned over 2,181 photographs he had secretly taken of at least a dozen naked men, according to police.
According to police, Barkinsky also admitted the men had been given enema procedures — some which were not consensual.
Police found various paddles used for sexual fetishes and several medical supplies, like enema equipment, mounted in Barkinsky's apartment.
The hospital said Barkinsky did not interact with patients.
"The employee, who did not work in any patient care areas, is no longer with the hospital. The Hospital had no knowledge of any of the activities alleged in the arrest warrant and, such alleged activity, if proven to be true, is an absolutely inexcusable violation of trust and inconsistent with the values of our organization," Bridgeport Hospital said in a statement.
Barkinsky pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on July 28 for a pre-trial hearing.
It is not clear if he has an attorney.