Last Update: 7/13/2020
Former UPMC Carlisle nurse Michael Bragg has been arrested for allegedly videotaping hundreds of patients at the hospital and sexually assaulting at least one patient at the facility’s emergency room.
Bragg is accused of videotaping 206 patients, including almost two dozen minors. Prosecutors also believe that he sexually assaulted a nude, unconscious, and intubated woman at the UPMC Carlisle emergency room. Furthermore, Bragg is accused of touching another emergency room patient’s breasts. These offenses are believed to have occurred between January 2016 and April 2019.
Bragg was also arrested in April 2019 on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography.
He faces a laundry list of charges for these alleged crimes, including:
Officials reportedly discovered hundreds of videos on Bragg’s laptop which showed hospital patients in various stages of undress.
Police have encouraged anyone who was a patient at UPMC Carlisle’s emergency room between January 2016 and April 2019 to contact them if they were treated by Michael Bragg. You can call the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex-crimes prosecutor and a national alliance of sexual assault victims lawyers. Here is Brian with some general information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by nurses:
Nurses and other medical professionals are trusted to treat their patients with the best possible medical care and to treat these patients with respect. Most nurses conduct themselves professionally, but sadly, there have also been numerous reports of nurses and other healthcare professionals sexually assaulting their patients.
Patients who have been sexually assaulted by nurses have legal rights. When this happens, it’s important to ask if the assault could have been prevented or if negligence by the hospital contributed to the assault. Some cases of nurse sexual assault only happen due to hospital negligence – such as failing to investigate previous complaints of sexual misconduct regarding the nurse.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a nurse, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.