Ex-hospital worker held on $500K bond
WARREN — Trumbull County prosecutors and Warren police are investigating whether a man named in an 11-count indictment accusing him of sexual assault while while working at a local hospital was involved in another report of sexual assault there.
Michael M. Brown Jr., 34, Chatham Lane, Youngstown, pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of rape, attempted sexual battery, sexual battery, voyeurism, four counts of attempted rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on a $500,000 bond and scheduled to appear Oct. 3 before Judge Ronald J. Rice for a pretrial hearing. He was secretly indicted Thursday, court records show.
He was a transporter at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.
After prosecutors revealed the indictment, a new allegation surfaced, said Gabe Wildman, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor. However, the accusation must be investigated before any details are revealed, Wildman said. If the allegation is found credible, new charges could be filed.
If anyone has any information, they should call Warren police detectives at 330-841-2660, Wildman said.
“We received calls from other potential victims, at this point, those need to be vetted and investigated,” Wildman said. “We do believe, based on what transpired thus far, there may be more people out there. If anyone has information or a complaint, please call Warren police.”
Brown was placed on administrative leave and then fired from the hospital.
“When we were notified of an alleged incident regarding an associate, we launched an internal investigation and notified our local authorities — the associate was immediately placed on administrative leave and has since been terminated,” stated Jonathon Fauvie, public relations and communications manager for Mercy Health, the operator of the hospital. “We have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.”
Fauvie said Mercy Health cannot comment on when Brown was fired because they do no comment on “specifics of current or former associates or their termination.”
The “safety, security and well-being of our patients, their families and our staff remain at the core of our values as a health care ministry,” Fauvie stated in an email Friday.
A patient transporter on Feb. 18 exposed himself and tried to sexually assault an 88-year-old victim in a hospital elevator and touched her inappropriately, using force and his position of authority over the older woman who had a medical condition, the indictment states.
A few days before, a transporter at the hospital exposed himself to a woman, 59, untied her gown, took photos and repeatedly propositioned her for sex, the indictment states.