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Sexual Assault Victims of Former UPMC Nurse May be Able to Seek Compensation

sexual assault claimsAnyone who was treated at UPMC Carlisle’s emergency room between January 2016 and April 19, 2019 may have been secretly videotaped by former nurse Michael Bragg.

According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Bragg recorded 206 patients without their consent, including almost 24 minor children. Some of the videos were of children, approximately seven years old, using the bathroom.

In April of last year, Bragg was charged with producing and possessing child pornography, along with aggravated indecent assault of two children. Bragg allegedly sexually assaulted a nude, intubated woman while she was unconscious. Bragg is facing 31 felony counts related to child pornography.  

The investigation by law enforcement revealed Bragg had videos of hospital patients in different stages of undress on his laptop and cellphone. One video appeared to show Bragg touching a girl’s genitals.  

In late December, 394 new charges were announced, including:

  • 201 counts for attempting to intercept communications
  • 171 counts for invasion of privacy
  • 19 counts of attempting to photograph sexual acts
  • One count of indecent assault without consent
  • One count of indecent assault of an unconscious person

Bragg is currently in Franklin County Prison.  

Authorities were suspicious of Bragg because Child Predator Section agents discovered two videos of children engaged in sex acts and were able to trace them to Bragg’s home. As investigators questioned him, Bragg eventually said he would plead guilty and he refused to answer questions.

What the Hospital is Saying

According to a UPMC Carlisle spokesperson, the hospital is cooperating with the investigation, but cannot comment publicly about the specifics of the case.

“We are deeply disturbed and saddened that someone could be responsible for actions that are in stark contract to our mission and core values, which include care, respect and safety.”

Legal Options for Victims of Michael Bragg

Contacting a licensed attorney can be an important step for victims of sexual abuse or assault. 

A sexual assault attorney can discuss potential options for pursuing compensation for physical and psychological harm that has resulted from the abuse or assault. This may include compensation for medical expenses, including for treatment of psychological issues (depression, anger, confusion, sleep disorders, low self-esteem, etc.). Victims may also be eligible to pursue compensation for lost wages for missing time from work.

At Schmidt Kramer, we understand how difficult it can be for victims or abuse or assault to come forward. Taking this brave step could not only help with the healing process, but also help prevent others from suffering similar abuse in the future.

Filing a claim may allow victims to take back the power from the perpetrator and any organizations that did not do enough to put a stop to the assault or abuse.

Schedule a free consultation by calling (717) 888-8888. No upfront fees or obligations.