Court docs: Hospital employee arrested for child porn had videos of kids, ER patients

Carlisle/West Shore

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Franklin County man who worked at a Carlisle hospital is accused of having a collection of child pornography that included videos of neighborhood children using the bathroom.

The collection also contained secretly recorded videos of patients in the emergency department in various states of undress, which is the subject a separate and ongoing investigation, the state attorney general’s office said in a criminal complaint.

Michael D. Bragg, 39, was arrested Friday after agents searched his Chambersburg home and seized his cell phone and laptop computer. Images and videos of manufactured child pornography were found on the devices, including one image that appears to be of Bragg touching a girl’s genitals, the criminal complaint states.

The neighborhood children recorded in the bathroom were identified as being approximately 7 years old, according to the complaint. 

A UPMC Pinnacle spokesperson confirmed Bragg worked at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle but has been terminated.

“We are shocked and appalled by the allegations and are fully committed to cooperating with investigative authorities. We cannot provide additional information at this time due to the ongoing investigation,” the spokesperson said. 

Authorities searched Bragg’s home in the 1500 block of Buttercup Drive because he was suspected of sharing child pornography using online peer-to-peer software. In January, Child Predator Section agents downloaded two videos of children engaged in sexual acts and traced the source of the publicly available files to Bragg’s home, the complaint states.

Bragg told investigators he had used file-sharing programs to download music and movies years ago, but he said he didn’t use the internet for anything illegal and had no idea how child pornography could have been shared from his home.

He later admitted to using the file-sharing software recently and downloading pornography, but he claimed he deleted files when the person “looks a little too young.”

As investigators continued to question Bragg, he stated, “there’s enough stuff on that computer” and “I’m going to plead guilty.” the complaint states. He refused to answer additional questions without an attorney.

Authorities said at least 18 files of apparent child pornography depicting indecent contact were located on Bragg’s devices. Additionally, the two files shared online were found on his computer, a “family” laptop Bragg shared with his wife and three minor children.

Bragg is charged with 31 felony counts related to child pornography. He was ordered held at Franklin County Jail and denied bail, according to online court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30.

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