EASTON — A former Easton hospital employee was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 11, 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.
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 as Travis K. Brooks, who was employed at the hospital.
The investigation also revealed Brooks, 35, of Trappe, had allegedly 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. on Sept. 28, online court records show.
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.
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.”
Easton Police Department detectives, with the assistance of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Brooks at his home in Trappe on Tuesday in connection with the rape allegations against him.
Talbot District Judge Karen Ketterman ordered Brooks held without bond at the Talbot County Detention Center during a bail review Wednesday afternoon. Ketterman said she was “very concerned” about Brooks being “a danger to the community.”
Brooks is facing charges of second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, vulnerable adult abuse and second-degree assault.
Of Brooks’s arrest Tuesday connected to his allegedly raping a patient, Kozel said the hospital system is “absolutely appalled” by the accusations against its former employee.
“UM Shore Regional Health is committed to the safety of our patients, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations suggesting that this trust was broken,” Kozel wrote in a statement, adding, “We fully acknowledge the seriousness of these charges.”
The CEO continued his statement, asserting that “the pain of this situation is not something any patient or their family should ever bear, nor should any community have cause to question how an incident like this could happen. For that, I am truly sorry.”
The regional health system, Kozel said, is “scrutinizing in great detail our policies, practices and processes to make certain that UM Shore Regional Health has all necessary safeguards in place to keep patients safe.”
“We have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Easton Police Department in support of their investigation of this matter, as well as subsequent prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.