Paramedic Charged with Sexual Battery For Alleged Ambulance Sexual Assault
Deputies in Jackson County arrested 54-year-old paramedic James Lavelle Walley on October 16 on charges of sexual battery after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in an ambulance on the way to Singing River Hospital. The 38-year-old alleged victim was being brought to the hospital from George County in an ambulance operated by ASAP Ambulance Services.
After arriving at the hospital, the woman told campus police that Walley had sexually assaulted her on the way. Campus police contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division who responded to the hospital. Campus police and investigators then processed the ambulance and collected evidence, which was sent to a crime lab.
Walley was placed on administrative leave following the alleged assault.
Justice For Victims of Sexual Assault by Paramedics and EMTs
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a background as a sex crimes prosecutor. Today, he represents sexual assault survivors in civil lawsuits. Here is some input from Brian into the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually assaulted by paramedics and EMTs:
Many emergency responders are heroes who help the citizens of their communities when they need it the most. But unfortunately, a small minority of paramedics, EMTs, and other emergency responders are predators who sexually assault their patients in ambulances and other settings. When this happens, the victim may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the owner of the ambulance – which can be either public (owned by the city or state) or part of a private company.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted by a paramedic or EMT, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers in a free consultation.