A Cleveland Clinic doctor and nurse who worked with an 18-year-old who suffered from severe brain trauma could face a felony charge of tampering with records, prosecutors announced Friday.
James T. Harris, 45, and his wife, Kelly, 41, were arrested Friday after investigators found that Harris and his daughter, Sarah, who works at the Cleveland Clinic, had repeatedly recorded and uploaded videos of their son’s care.
The videos showed Harris giving instructions to the family doctor, who said he didn’t need to check the boy’s progress.
The recordings were recorded at least eight times between January and April and included recordings of Sarah Harris’ notes.
“It’s really sad because we’re supposed to be in the spotlight,” Harris said Friday.
“But I think we were being ignored.”
The family has filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging that Harris used the recordings to coerce the doctor into approving the operation, and that Harris is now the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.
“In the midst of this investigation, we are trying to get our son back,” Harris’ attorney, Peter Dolan, said Friday, adding that the family was not seeking to collect the $1 million in punitive damages from Harris.
The indictment, which was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, says that Harris uploaded the videos on June 26, two days after the operation.
Harris and the family are also charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, tampering with a governmental record, and violating the Child Protection Act.
The charges are misdemeanors.
The U.K.-based health care company said Friday that it has launched an internal investigation to determine if there was anything that could have caused the videos to be uploaded.
Harris, a former Cleveland Clinic physician, had no immediate comment.