In February, 32-year-old Dr. Bradford Ferrick, a resident doctor in Massachusetts, was arrested and charged for possessing thousands of videos and images of child pornography, many of which were of his young patients, whom he secretly recorded with multiple hidden cameras.
According to the New York Post, US Attorney Rachael Rollins said, "I can think of no greater fear as a parent or guardian than potential harm coming to your child. Today we allege that this doctor, who held a position of trust with access to children, maintained child sexual abuse material."
On Wednesday, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusett said federal investigators conducted multiple searches of Ferrick's homes and uncovered dozens of devices he allegedly used to record child pornography.
Authorities searched a home of his in Winchester on February 13 and seized 61 devices including hidden cameras, cellphones, computers, SD cards, and external hard drives, all alleged to have been used in recording and storing child pornography.
A February 17 search of the same location brought the seizure of another 11 devices and a February 21 search of a rented home saw the seizure of 8 more devices.
One of the devices allegedly used to record the child pornography was a bracelet that Ferrick wore while conducting medical exams on child patients.
The material on the seized devices allegedly contained pornography featuring children between 6 and 11 years old.
He was put on unpaid leave by Baystate Franklin Medical Center after his arrest.
US Attorney Rollins said, "Members of the public with questions, concerns or any information pertaining to this doctor are strongly encouraged to contact the FBI via the provided form. As members of law enforcement, the safety of children is our highest priority." Federal authorities established the form for families who believe Ferrick may have abused their children.
"Together, in close cooperation with the medical facilities where Dr. Ferrick was employed, we will do all that we can to identify the duration and scope of his alleged offenses and proceed accordingly and expeditiously," Rollins said.
After his arrest, Ferrick was charged in Woburn District Court with four counts of possession of child pornography. He was released on bail after pleading not guilty.
On Wednesday, Ferrick was ordered into custody, reports the Boston Globe, and awaits a March 21 detention and probable cause hearing.
If convicted he could face 20 years in prison.
According to WCVB, "Ferrick began a medical residency in July 2022 focused on Family Medicine with Baystate Franklin Family Medicine, including rotations at facilities in at least Greenfield, Deerfield and Springfield, Mass."
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