Mark Musarella


An emergency medical technician working at a crime scene, was arrested and charged after police said he snapped a photo of a murder victim and posted it on a social networking website.

According to Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Mark Musarella, 46, responded to a radio call at an Greenleaf Avenue apartment in West Brighton where 26-year-old Caroline Wimmer was found slain by strangulation on March 20, 2009. After arriving to the location, Musarella took a photograph of the victim for what officials say was for his own personal use. The EMT later posted the chilling photo on his personal page on Facebook, police said.

"It is unconscionable to me that an emergency medical technician, let alone one with significant law enforcement experience would take a photo of a murder victim, of someone's loved-one or friend, and place that on the internet for all to see," Donovan said in a statement.

Musarella, who is a retired NYPD officer, was immediately fired by Richmond University Medical Center after a Facebook friend of Musarella's spotted the photo and alerted hospital officials, who then contacted police.

Musarella was charged with official misconduct at his arraignment Thursday in Staten Island Criminal Court. He faces a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, if convicted.

An investigation into the March murder revealed that Wimmer was strangled with a hair dryer cord. A man, said to be an acquaintance of Wimmer's, has been charged with the crime.