Baystate doctor charged with possession of child pornography
|Published: 03-23-2023 7:37 PM
AMHERST — A resident doctor who lives part time in Amherst and practices at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield was arrested May 14 following the FBI’s recent seizure of about 80 devices containing images and videos believed to be child pornography.
Federal agents arrested Dr. Bradford Ferrick, 32, at his Winchester home on a charge of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Massachusetts.
Ferrick made an initial appearance remotely in federal court in Boston and was to be detained until another appearance on March 21. Ferrick is already on home confinement restrictions for pending related state charges.
“I can think of no greater fear as a parent or guardian than potential harm coming to your child,” U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins said in a statement announcing the charge against Ferrick. “Today we allege that this doctor, who held a position of trust with access to children, maintained child sexual abuse material. The investigation is active and ongoing.”
Eight of the devices, including multiple hidden camera devices and USB storage devices, were found at Ferrick’s Amherst home on Feb. 21. It is alleged that one of these hidden camera devices, which was designed to be worn as a bracelet, was found to contain at least two surreptitiously recorded videos of Ferrick administering medical exams. Two minors whom investigators believe to be patients could be heard and, at times, partially seen in the videos.
Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, said in a statement that Ferrick, with access to children from his rotations at facilities in Greenfield, Deerfield and Springfield, stands accused of “extremely troubling behavior.”
“This is very much an active investigation and we urge anyone with information to contact us,” Bonavolonta said.
Chalonda James, a spokesperson for Baystate, wrote in an email that Ferrick has been on unpaid administrative leave from Baystate Franklin Medical Center since mid-February.
After graduating from SUNY in 2022, Ferrick began a medical residency last July with Baystate. He was one of five new doctors in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new family medicine residency program.
The complaint alleges that authorities conducted an initial search of Ferrick’s Winchester residence Feb. 13, prompted by tips made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in March 2022 that were forwarded to Massachusetts State Police and then Winchester Police last July. That search turned up about 61 devices, including external hard drives, computers, cellphones, hidden camera systems and SD cards, which state investigators allege contained thousands of images and videos of suspected child pornography.
Ferrick was arrested by local and state authorities and released on home confinement after posting bail in Woburn District Court on Feb. 14. The district court imposed $50,000 cash bail and various conditions of release, including 24-hour home confinement monitored by GPS. Ferrick was released from custody Feb. 15.