EASTON — The preliminary hearing scheduled Sept. 8 for former Easton hospital employee Travis K. Brooks — who was arrested after police said they discovered he allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious patient in December 2019, and stole money and credit card details from other patients during his employment — has been postponed until Oct. 6.
The Talbot County District Court granted the postponement due to Brooks’ retaining private counsel, Andrew Cochran of Annapolis. Cochran was entered as Brooks’ attorney on Sept. 4 and had not yet had time to review the case.
Detectives said an investigation into a woman’s report of money having been stolen from her while she was undergoing a procedure in April 2020 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton led them to discover a suspect they identified Brooks.
The investigation also revealed Brooks, 35, of Trappe, allegedly had been taking photos of other patients’ credit cards during his time as a hospital employee, police said.
Brooks was arrested in April and charged with two counts of theft under $100 and five counts of stealing another’s credit card. He was later released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and is set to stand trial for the theft charges at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 28, according to court records.
Those records show Brooks has had several encounters with police since 2016, among those are charges of CDS possession and paraphernalia and second-degree assault.
After detectives’ discovery of Brooks’s alleged involvement in the theft of patients’ property, a further investigation was launched into the stolen credit card details, which involved multiple searches and seizures related to the case.
The investigation led detectives to uncover a video they say Brooks recorded in December 2019 that allegedly shows Brooks sexually assaulting an unconscious patient, a police report stated.
Officials said detectives were able to identify Brooks’s alleged rape victim and “confirm that Brooks had committed the act and recorded it.”
UM Shore Regional CEO Ken Kozel, in a statement to The Star Democrat Wednesday, Aug. 12, said Brooks’s employment with the Easton hospital was terminated in April following the theft allegations.
Candice Spector contributed to this article.