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ER Doc Arrested for Child Sex Battery

Dr. Brian Cook, who runs the Emergency Room at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, faces three counts of sexual battery against a teenage boy.

The doctor who runs Emergency Care at Palms of Pasadena Hospital faces three charges of sexual battery against a minor, with investigators saying Friday that there may be more victims.

Dr. Brian Webster Cook, 50, of Indian Rocks Beach was arrested after 10 p.m. Friday night. Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said that Cook was cooperative and admitted to the allegations. The victim is a teenage boy who was in Cook's care but not related to him.

Cook is employed as the physician in charge of Emergency Care at Palms of
Pasadena Hospital. He is former medical director at Morton Plant Hospital's
emergency medical facility.

He also owns two walk-in emergency medical clinics, called Statmed Quality Clinics, which are located in Clearwater and Largo.

Detectives believe there may be more victims, and ask that anyone with any
information please call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children
Unit, at 727-582-6200.

Detectives described the victim as a teenage boy who was in Cook's care on multiple occasions between 2009 and 2011 when the child's mother was unable to take care of him. Investigators allege that the sexual activity took place in Pinellas County.

Detectives said that when Cook was confronted with these allegations, he  admitted to the sexual activity. Florida public records law prohibits the
release of the victim's name, or the identity of the reporting individual.

thomas mclaughlin November 19, 2011 at 04:28 PM
COULD YOU MENTION PALMS OF PASADENA ONE MORE TIME! YOUR INEPT REPORTING MAKES IT SEEM LIKE THE HOSPITAL HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS HORRIBLE ALLEGATION.REPORT THE FACTS!
thomas mclaughlin November 19, 2011 at 04:33 PM
HIS EMPLOYMENT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CRIMES HE IS ACCUSED OF.YOUR WEB PAGE IS TURNING INTO AN ONLINE NATIONAL ENQUIRER!
Lynda November 19, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Dr Cook was placed in a position of significant trust and authority by his current and previous employers, Palms ER and Morton Plant as well as at his own clinics. He was arrested for crimes abusing trust and authority for personal satisfaction. While he is innocent until proven guilty, the story reports he has admitted the activity. His place(s) of employment are relevant to the story, especially as more victims are sought. I am very sorry for all of Dr. Cook's co-workers who must be shocked and horrified by this arrest. And of course, all of us are sorry for the possible victim(s). Just a sad, sad story for everyone involved. I do think it is unfair to direct anger at Patch for simply reporting the arrest and relevant details about an employee of a significant community institution like the Palms ER used by so many of us.
Marylou Hess November 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM
I agree. Palms of Pasadena is the best hospital in Pinellas County, Florida. Morton Plant used to be great - but they joined Baycare - which is horrible. I had surgery in St. Anthony's 2009 (worst!!!), Bayfront 2001 (okay) and been treated for illness at Palms 2008, 2010 (the best) - where I always received excellent care. I met Dr. Cook when I went to the emergency room for pneumonia and his professional behavior was top notch - there was no clue to any inappropriateness so how would you expect the hospital to know he has an ugly, disgusting dark side? Gees. Give them a break. Their staff are wonderful. They have lots of kind, helpful volunteers, too. This does not reflect on them.
Virgil Hill November 21, 2011 at 03:42 AM
The Hospital was only meantioned twice and because someone who worked there committed a crime. If you actually read the story there was nothing negative said about Palms at all. Thank you Patch for keeping us informed and Keep up the good work.
Cherlene Willis November 21, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Thank you Lynda and Virgil. I personally visited the emergency room at the Palms of Pasadena Hospital in May when I was stung by a stingray. I received prompt and professional care by the ER staff. Here is my story from the hospital visit that day: http://patch.com/A-hXPn
Shelle Berk November 22, 2011 at 01:34 PM
This has nothing to do with the hospital. How could they have known if this is his first offense? Its just mind blogling to me, that crimes such as these happen so often. I just don't understand what could possibly be inticing to have relations with a child, and yet, it seems common place. Extremely upsetting.
Jackie Nagy January 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I have never been treated so badly as Palms of Pasadena Hospital Making me take sleeping pills in AM or not @ all! They should be ashamed of their dr.s and nurses who try to label U and then let U die!
Daniel February 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I was a victim of Doctor Cooks when he lived in Michigan.
Daniel February 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Am glad there was finally charges pressed on doctor Cook. He ruined my child hood
Nancy Smith February 18, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This has been going on a long time. Dr. Cook left Michigan to go to Florida in 1998. It looks like he also left a trail of victims behind. Anyone with info should come forward, what if he gets off with a hand slapping.
Daniel April 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
It easier said then done.... They don't protect the victims privacy.. It not worth coming forward when your career is in danger..

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