Prosecutor: Third victim accuses former Warren hospital worker of sex assault

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Michael Brown, Jr. is accused of sexually assaulting at least two patients of St. Joseph Warren Hospital

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County prosecutor said Friday that a potential third victim has come forward as a former St. Joseph Warren Hospital worker was arraigned on charges that he sexually assaulted two patients in February.

Michael J. Brown, Jr., 32, pleaded not guilty to the charges before Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos on an 11-count indictment, including charges of rape, voyeurism and attempted sexual battery.

The charges allege the sexual assault of two patients at the hospital in February, one age 59 and one 88.

Brown had been a worker at the hospital who transported the patients to different parts of the hospital.

Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman said since the news broke about Brown Thursday, a third woman has come forward claiming Brown assaulted her. Detectives are investigating her claim, Wildman said.

Judge Kontos set bond at $500,000.

Brown’s lawyer, Robert G. Stiefuater, asked Judge Kontos for a low bond. Steifuater said Brown has a job, was recently married and owns a house, which decreases his chance of being a flight risk.

But Wildman said because of the third complaint police received, he thinks there are other victims of Brown’s, so he urged the judge to set a high bond in order to keep the public safe.

“This defendant has some predatory instincts,” Wildman said.

Wildman said both victims reported the abuse to hospital staff and police immediately.

“These were reported in a timely fashion,” Wildman said.

Judge Kontos set an Oct. 3 pretrial date in the case. The case was assigned to Judge Ronald Rice.

Wildman asked anyone who has more information on the case to call the Warren police detective bureau at 330-841-2660.

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