A Sacramento, California firefighter and paramedic has been charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual battery after he allegedly fondled a woman who was having a seizure.
Jared Evans, 32, turned himself in Monday after a warrant for his arrest was issued, according to KCRA.
According to court documents, Evans was working as a paramedic in April when he allegedly fondled a 19-year-old woman while she was in the back of an ambulance and having seizures. The incident was witnessed by a paramedic intern, according to the court documents. Evans allegedly placed his hands down the woman's shirt and pulled her right breast out of her bra while she was "completely unresponsive to pain and verbal commands, she was out." Evans allegedly told the intern, "Sorry man, I had to."
“When these allegations were brought to the attention of fire administration, we immediately notified the office of public safety and accountability and requested a full law enforcement investigation,” Sacramento Fire Chief Walt White said.
Police questioned the woman who told investigators she could hear the paramedics and feel everything. She told police, according to KCRA, that she heard Evans say she has big breasts. She also said she felt a hand pull out her breast.
Evans has denied touching the patient. He has been on paid administrative leave since April 21, three days after the fire department received the complaint, according to the Sacramento Bee. He has a court appearance scheduled for September.
[Sacramento Fire Department]