Paramedic For Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service Charged with Sexual Assault
A paramedic for a private ambulance company has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was being transported between hospitals in one of the company’s ambulances. 36-year-old Timothy E. Ovadal is charged with 2nd-degree and 4th-degree sexual assault.
Ovadal is employed by Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service.
The criminal complaint says that a woman told Dane County Sheriff’s deputies at Stoughton Hospital that Ovadal had sexually assaulted her during an ambulance ride. The alleged victim says that the paramedic inappropriately touched her without consent and exposed himself to her for roughly 20 minutes while the ambulance was traveling from St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville to Stoughton Hospital on May 8, 2019.
According to the complaint, a female paramedic was driving the vehicle while the assault occurred. The victim told police that she was too scared to notify the other paramedic of what was going on.
Dane County Sheriff’s deputies say that Ovadal has denied sexually assaulting the woman. He is scheduled to appear in Dane Couty Court for a status conference on August 19.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Healthcare Workers
As a founding member of AbuseGuardian.com, former sex crimes prosecutor Brian Kent specializes in helping survivors of sexual assault find justice in civil cases. Brian has offered to share some general information concerning the legal options of those who have been sexually assaulted by healthcare professionals:
Working in healthcare is a big responsibility, as these professionals must be able to be trusted with the care of patients under their watch. Most healthcare professionals are worthy of this trust, but sadly, there is also a high potential for sexual abuse in this field if sexual predators are hired. Those in charge of healthcare facilities and companies must be careful to ensure the safety of their patients and protect these patients from sexual predators.
When a healthcare worker, such as a paramedic, sexually assaults a patient, it’s important to determine if this assault was preventable. In some cases, the healthcare company may bear partial responsibility for failing to protect the patient. For example, a healthcare company might be considered liable if they hired the perpetrator without running a background check.
If negligence by the company is found to have enabled the assault, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the company.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a healthcare professional, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney.
Location of Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service in Madison, Wisconsin
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