Steven Germinder, a former University Hospital employee, is facing charges for the receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography according to an affidavit filed by Joshua Edwards, a special agent with the U.S Department of Homeland Security, on Feb. 20 with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
In May 2014, a University hospital worker saw an image of bestiality on Germinder’s work computer. Hospital security then asked University of Michigan Police Department to inspect the work computer.
The UMPD forensic review of the computer revealed possession of child pornography. Following the forensic review, UMPD referred the investigation to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
UMPD declined to comment on the case.
According to WXYZ, the hospital fired Germinder. The affidavit states he denied possessing child pornography on his computer at work at the hospital’s disciplinary council hearing.
A search of Germinder’s Ypsilanti residence on May 22 by Washtenaw Sheriff Detective Kevin Parviz recovered 3,000 additional images of child pornography after reviewing nearly 20,000 images, which was a small percentage of the images on Germinder’s computers and CDs and DVDs.
An examination of Germinder’s devices also uncovered a spreadsheet more than twelve pages long, cataloging the child pornographic files sent or received by him.
Germinder is currently in federal custody, according to the WXYZ report. The status of the charges against him was not available from the sheriff’s office Thursday night.
This is not the first time the University of Michigan Health System has experienced such a case. In 2012, federal charges were filed against a UMHS resident for possessing child pornography.