KJAS has reported that sexual assault charges have been brought against a former EMT employed in Jasper County, Texas.
A former Jasper emergency medical professional, 46-year-old James Patrick Gill, has been accused of sexually assaulting a child in Jasper County. The incidents were reported to have taken place in December of 1993, June of 1994, and two in January 2010. Gill has since moved to the Houston area.
The Jasper County Grand Jury has charged Gill with four counts of Sexual Assault of a Child. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated on January 1, 2022.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan has years of experience filing civil lawsuits for sexual assault. He recently discussed the requirements for victims and their families to seek justice through civil cases.
"Emergency responders and medical professions are positions that are respected and trusted by those around them. When employers hire people to work in these highly trusted positions, it is important that they are trustworthy people. However, there should be a safety plan in place to make sure this is the case. Employers can conduct background checks on all employees, install cameras, and provide a proper reporting procedure. When sexual predators are able to gain these positions, they can easily use the trust and power of the position to exploit their victims. When this happens, it's important to investigate to learn how the assault may have been prevented. If the employer did not implement sufficient safety, they could be deemed negligent."
"It is unfortunate, but some incidents of sexual abuse could have been prevented if not for the negligence of the employer. For instance, an emergency medical team might be considered negligent if they failed to investigate past misconduct complaints by an employee who was later charged with sexual abuse. In negligence cases, sexual abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. Victims and their families should consult with an experienced sexual assault lawyer to determine the right course of action for justice."