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Paramedic Accused Of Fondling Teen While Treating Her Says He "Had To"

California paramedics rushed to aid a teen having seizures after a call came in, but one member of the team took sexual advantage of the girl when she was in distress. The now former paramedic had only one excuse for himself: "I had to."

Jared Evans, 32, a Sacramento firefighter, was present during the April 21 incident in which a 19-year-old woman was being rushed to the hospital while having seizures. The woman passed out and was lying strapped to a gurney at the time. Evans was attending to her on the emergency call.

While the woman was unconscious, Evans put his hand down her shirt and bra and pulled out her right breast. He made some inappropriate comments at that point, according to reports. He then slipped the breast back into her shirt.

Another paramedic intern looked on, and Evans told the intern, "Sorry, man, I had to."

The intern reported the incident to the supervisor. Evans was reported and police put out a warrant for his arrest. He later turned himself in.

The victim, who is remaining anonymous, is also a witness to the incident. The victim was questioned by police and said that even though her eyes were closed and she was completely immobilized by her seizure, she was able to feel what Evans was allegedly doing and heard the crass remarks that he made, such as that she had large breasts.

Evans thought she was 'completely unresponsive to pain and verbal commands, she was out.'

Sacramento Fire Chief Walt White put out the following statement: “The Sacramento Fire Department takes all citizen complaints seriously, and works quickly to take appropriate actions to mitigate them. When this complaint was made to Fire Administration, it was immediately forwarded to Law Enforcement officials and a formal investigation was requested.”

Evans was released on a $3,000 bond. A court date has been set for September 26. The 32-year-old has been charged with sexual battery.

A court document alleges that Evans touched a woman without consent 'for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse,' and that the fondling was not related to medical treatment. Evans has denied the allegations.

He remains on paid administrative leave.

This is unfortunately not an isolated incident. Occasionally there are cases in which women in their most vulnerable moments are assaulted by paramedics. Inside Edition did a report on the phenomenon in March 2016.

In one incident, a victim in Oregon who collapsed in her home found herself being viciously fondled by an ambulance worker as she was strapped to a gurney and being rushed to the hospital.

Another woman who remained anonymous reported that a paramedic fondled her breast during a medical call.

Some 35 women came forward to report cases of sexual abuse that occurred when they were in the care of an emergency medical responder. “Being a paramedic in the back of an ambulance with women that are unconscious, it’s a dream job for a sexual predator,” one attorney told Inside Edition.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Sacramento Fire Department, KRCA, Stock Photos

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