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Last May, a resident physician at University of Michigan Hospital found a disturbing image on a thumb drive that was left in a locked lounge where residents work in the Pediatric Emergency Department.
It was a photograph of a “nude adult lying” on a young child whose arms "were bound" and appeared to be tied to a bed frame, university police records show.
The resident viewed several files on the drive that was left in the hospital computer she was using as she attempted to identify its owner. She suspected it might belong to another resident physician after opening a document with his name on it, records show.
She panicked, left the drive in the computer and went home because her shift was over. When she returned the next morning to file a report, the drive was no longer in the computer. She spoke with her supervisors and met with hospital security officials, sharing what she had seen and showing them the computer. She also met with the Office of the General Counsel and told them about it.
“I was told a few days after making the report that the matter was closed.” she recalled, according to court records recently unsealed in the case.
University officials waited another six months before reporting the child porn to university police.