Hidden cameras missing in Massachusetts child pornography case allegedly orchestrated by family doctor: Feds
A Massachusetts resident doctor allegedly used hidden cameras and had “thousands” of sexually explicit images and videos of children, including some of his patients, according to federal prosecutors.
Bradford Ferrick, 32, was arrested and faces state and federal charges of possession of child pornography following a three-month investigation, which remains ongoing as law enforcement searches for hidden cameras missing.
On Feb. 14, investigators searched his family’s home in Winchester, where they found cameras hidden in boxes and the bathroom, which was made to look like a wall outlet, according to the federal complaint.
There are two children, ages 2 and 3, at the home, according to court documents.
Ferrick allegedly purchased “numerous” hidden cameras, not all of which have been accounted for, as of March 14.
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“It is alleged that one of the hidden cameras – which was designed to be worn like a wristband – contained at least two surreptitiously recorded videos of Ferrick administering medical examinations,” court documents say.
“It is alleged that two minors whom investigators believe to be patients could be heard and, at times, partially seen in the videos.”
A total of about 80 devices have been seized from multiple locations in Massachusetts, according to federal prosecutors, who continue to comb through the devices.
In at least one instance, Ferrick allegedly attempted to lock his iPhone and remotely wipe seized devices, according to the criminal complaint.
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Investigators confiscated 61 devices from his Winchester home in their first search on February 13 and another 11 in their second search on February 17.
The devices allegedly included external hard drives, computers, cell phones, a hidden camera system and SD cards which prosecutors said contained “thousands” of child pornography images and videos.
“A preliminary examination of some of the seized devices has reportedly revealed images and videos showing child pornography of victims who appear to be between the ages of 6 and 11,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a news release.
On Feb. 21, investigators searched a separate Amherst, Mass., home he rented and found eight other devices, including the camera hidden in the wristband, prosecutors said.
United States Attorney Rachael Rollins urged members of the public to contact the FBI and set up this link for parents who came into contact with Ferrick.
“I can think of no greater fear as a parent or guardian than potential harm to your child,” Rollins said in a statement.
“We allege that this doctor, who was in a position of trust with access to children, retained child sexual abuse material. The investigation is active and ongoing. . . . We will do everything we can to identify the duration and extent of his alleged breaches and proceed accordingly and expeditiously.”
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Ferrick began a medical residency in July 2022 in family medicine with Baystate Health, which included rotations at facilities in at least Greenfield, Deerfield and Springfield, Mass., prosecutors say.
Chalonda James, a spokesperson for Baystate Health, issued a statement to the media saying they are cooperating with law enforcement but cannot comment on the pending criminal charges.
James said Ferrick has been on unpaid administrative leave from Baystate since mid-February.
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Prior to beginning his residency in Massachusetts, Ferrick lived in Syracuse, New York between 2018 and 2022 while studying at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
“The FBI has arrested Dr. Bradford Ferrick, a resident physician with access to the children, who is now charged with extremely disturbing behavior,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, said in a statement. .
“This is a very active investigation, and we urge anyone with information to contact us. Through our close collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we are grateful to have been able to put an end to Dr. Ferrick’s alleged conduct.”
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Ferrick was taken into custody until a detention and probable cause hearing on March 21, the Boston Globe reported.
The charge of possession of child pornography carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison if convicted, at least five years and up to life on probation and a fine of up to $250,000.