Crime and Safety

EMT accused of heinous act of being alone with a girl in the back of an ambulance

A North Carolina paramedic has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his care.

The 17-year-old girl was taken to Atrium Health on January 17, when paramedicworking for the Fort Mill Emergency Medical Services, allegedly put his hand in the girl’s pants. WCNC-TV in Charlotte. At the time, the man was the only paramedic in the back of the ambulance.

The girl survived the medical episode and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it was not medically necessary for him to touch the girl in this manner, WCNC reported.

Upon arrival at the hospital, the girl informed the medical staff about the incident.

After being treated for a medical episode, she received a sexual assault kit and examinforms CMPD in news release.

Ultimately, detectives concluded that there was enough evidence to arrest the paramedic, who turned out to be 31-year-old Akingbiwayu Joseph Opadele.

According to the CMPD, Opadele was arrested on March 7 and has since been charged with sexual intercourse under the pretense of providing medical care. He was released the same day after posting an unsecured bail of $15,000.

Was this bail amount adequate?

In accordance with Fox NewsOpadele was held in prison for only 37 minutes.

CMPD head Johnny Jennings condemned Opadele and his quick release at Thursday’s briefing and also on Twitter.

“Everyone in the criminal justice system has a responsibility to keep our community and our citizens safe,” Jennings said, according to Fox.

“And we own it, we will always own it at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department,” he said.

He continued: “And I think it’s important that we sometimes stop and ask ourselves, do you know what message we’re sending to our victims? Our most vulnerable people in our society?

“That someone could create a crime like this, or commit a crime like this, and walk right out the door, maybe in front of our officers, our detectives, and all of our people who were working on this case, maybe even before they return to their table.”

Jennings also expressed hope that the state legislature would soon pass a bill called the Pretrial Fairness Act, saying the bill could help prevent early releases.

The concept of the bill, he said, “will take some of these complex decisions out of the control of magistrates and allow judges to make those decisions in relation to pre-trial proceedings,” Fox said.

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