CASE UPDATE: Former Nurse Who Secretly Video Recorded Hundreds of Patients Pleads to Criminal Charges

November 18, 2022 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that Michael Bragg, of Franklin County, pleaded to charges related to sexually assaulting two patients, producing and possessing child pornography, and secretly videotaping over 200 patients at UPMC Carlisle, including nearly two dozen minors.

“As a nurse, Bragg was trusted to care for people, but instead he used his position to take advantage of his patients when they were at their most vulnerable,” said AG Shapiro. “Today’s plea holds Bragg accountable for violating these individuals and is a step toward justice for his victims. My office is committed to prosecuting sexual predators who take advantage of vulnerable people, to get them off the streets so they cannot continue to do harm in their communities.”

An investigation by the Office of Attorney General began in 2019 regarding the possession and dissemination of child pornography. As the investigation proceeded, agents also discovered videos and photos of hospital patients in various stages of undress on Bragg’s laptop computer.

In addition to videotaping hundreds of patients while at UPMC, further investigation revealed that Bragg sexually assaulted an intubated and unconscious woman in the hospital’s emergency room, and touched the breasts of another emergency room patient.

Bragg pleaded to the following charges:

  • 1 count – Aggravated Indecent Assault
  • 1 count – Attempted Indecent Assault
  • 12 counts – Sexual Abuse of Children, Manufacturing of Child Pornography
  • 37 counts – Invasion of Privacy
  • 6 counts – Interception of Oral Communications

Sentencing will occur at a later date, after a Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) Evaluation is completed.

This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones and Deputy Attorney General David Drumheller. The lead investigator is Special Agent Brittany Lauck. Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the investigation.

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