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Ex-hospital worker charged

WARREN — A former transporter at St. Joseph Warren Hospital is facing criminal charges that accuse him of sexually assaulting two patients.

Michael M. Brown Jr., 34, faces 11 charges including rape, voyeurism, attempted sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, according to WKBN TV 27, the Tribune Chronicle’s broadcast partner.

Prosecutors say Brown moved patients around for treatments in the hospital.

An indictment says Brown transported a 59-year-old patient to a vacant room, where the indictment says he repeatedly propositioned her and exposed himself to her. He’s accused of untying the woman’s gown and taking a picture of her exposed breasts in February 2019. The indictment states that Brown also forced himself on an 88-year-old patient in an elevator, inappropriately touching her.

Prosecutors said Brown exploited his position of authority and the patient’s medical condition in committing the crimes.

Brown is in the Trumbull County jail.

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