Former Hospital Manager Faces Child Porn Charge

Children's Medical Center says suspect had no contact with patients

By Scott Gordon
|  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014  |  Updated 12:43 PM CDT
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Former Hospital Manager Faces Child Porn Charge

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A former high-ranking manager at Children's Medical Center was indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges last week, but the hospital said he had no contact with patients while he worked there.

Philip Branson, 60, was arrested by FBI agents in San Antonio, where he was heading the expansion of that city's convention center.

The indictment accused him of using a computer in Plano, where he used to live, to send or receive four pornographic images of young girls over the Internet in May 2012.

According to Branson's LinkedIn page, he was senior director of planning, design and construction at Children's Medical Center.

The hospital released a statement confirming he worked in the design and construction department from April 2008 to September 2010.

"He was responsible for new construction and space renovations and did not have any patient contact," the statement said. "Since his departure in 2010, he has had no affiliation with us."

After leaving the hospital, Branson worked on a $302 million expansion project at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport before he was hired in San Antonio to head the expansion of that city's convention center.

DFW Airport spokesman David Magana said Branson was an airport contractor and did not hold a high-level management position.

Branson worked for the contractor, AECOM, from February 2011 until April 2012, his LinkedIn page said.

The indictment accuses him of transporting the pornography after he left the hospital and the airport and before he began work for the city of San Antonio.

Branson's attorney, Johnny Lanzillo of Richardson, declined to comment.

An earlier version of this story identified Branson as a former executive at Children's Medical Center, but the hospital said he was not a member of the executive leadership team and stressed his alleged crime took place after he had left the hospital.

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