CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Franklin County man secretly videotaped hundreds of patients, including nearly two dozen minors, while working as a nurse at UPMC Carlisle hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
The charges against 39-year-old Michael D. Bragg follow his arrest in April for producing and possessing child pornography and aggravated indecent assault against two children.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Bragg made video recordings of 206 patients without their consent. He said Bragg also sexually assaulted a nude, intubated and unconscious woman in the emergency room, and he touched the breasts of another emergency room patient.
Bragg’s initial arrest followed a search of his Chambersburg where attorney general agents said they found secretly recorded videos of children using his bathroom and other videos of child pornography. Bragg was also charged with aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault for the alleged sexual abuse of two minors.
Shapiro said during the investigation, videos of hospital patients in various stages of undress were found on Bragg’s laptop.
The new charges filed Wednesday are one count of aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious person, one count of indecent assault without consent, 19 counts of attempting to photograph sexual acts, 171 counts of invasion of privacy, 201 counts of attempting to intercept communications, and one count of criminal use of communication facility.
Anyone who was a patient at UPMC Carlisle’s emergency room between January 2016 and April 19, 2019, and believes they were treated by Bragg, should call the Child Predator Hotline at 800-385-1044.
A UPMC Carlisle spokesperson said the hospital is fully cooperating with the investigation but is limited in what it can say publicly about the case.
“UPMC Carlisle’s most immediate concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of the victims,” Christian Caicedo, president of UPMC Pinnacle Dauphin Region and former president of UPMC Carlisle, said in a statement.
“We understand that patients, their families, and the community feel shocked, upset, and concerned, and we share these feelings. We are deeply disturbed and saddened that someone could be responsible for actions that are in stark contrast to our mission and core values, which include care, respect, and safety.”