A 39-year old man in Franklin County has been charged with multiple counts of indecent assault, child pornography and other criminal activity after an investigation uncovered he was secretly videotaping hundreds of patients, including minors, while working as a nurse at UPMC Carlisle hospital.
The charges were issued following his initial arrest in April of 2019 after agents searched his Chambersburg home and found a collection of child pornography that included videos of children in the bathroom on his laptop. A count of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault was then issued for the alleged sexual abuse of two minors.
The collection also contained video recordings of 206 patients in the emergency department in different stages of undress, which is now the subject of a separate and ongoing investigation.
The former nurse even sexually assaulted a nude, intubated and unconscious women and touched the breasts of another in the hospital’s emergency room.
The complete charges laid out by Attorney General Josh Shapiro include:
- One count of aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious person
- One count of indecent assault without consent
- One count of criminal use of a communication facility
- 19 counts of attempting to photograph sexual acts
- 171 counts of invasion of privacy
- 201 counts of attempting to intercept communications
Patients admitted into the hospital’s emergency room between January of 2016 and April of 2019 who believed they were treated by the former nurse are being asked to please call the Child Predator Hotline at 800-385-1044.
A spokesperson for UPMC Carlisle says the hospital is fully cooperating with the investigation and their immediate concern is for the health, safety and well-being of all victims involved.
Former president of UPMC Carlisle and current president of UPMC Pinnacle Dauphin Region, Christian Caicedo, shares these feelings as well. Everyone is very disturbed and saddened by the actions of a medical professional who took advantage of patients during their most vulnerable moments and in need of care.
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