WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former employee of St. Joseph Warren Hospital pleaded guilty to charges in his sex-assault case.
Michael Brown, Jr., 34, entered his plea Friday to 12 charges, including sexual battery, voyeurism, gross sexual imposition and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. In exchange for his plea, some charges were dismissed.
Brown did not plead guilty to the rape charges that he faced.
Prosecutors say while Brown worked as a transporter, moving patients around the hospital, he exposed himself to one patient and inappropriately touched another.
As the public learned about the charges against Brown, more victims came forward with sex-assault allegations. One of those victims is a child.
“These are victims that are in the hospital in some of their more helpless kind of times. They need help and he obviously used that to prey on them, one of them being a child as well. So, obviously I’m happy they don’t have to come in, they don’t have to tell their story, be cross-examined. Some of them were pretty apprehensive about that,” said Asst. Prosecutor Gabe Wildman.
Brown will be sentenced at a later date after a pre-sentencing investigation is completed.
He faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars and will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender for life.