A paramedic has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient in an ambulance on the way to OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.
OSF PRO Ambulance Paramedic Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Patient
A longtime OSF PRO Ambulance paramedic was arrested on Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient during an ambulance ride to OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center last summer. 47-year-old Jeffrey Sanford Jr. has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault.
One of the counts alleges the use of force and the other alleges that the victim was incapable of consent. Sanford could face four to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The alleged sexual assault happened on July 22, 2019. At About 3:40 a.m. that morning, police responded to OSF Hear of Mary Medical Center in Urbana on reports of a sexual assault. After arriving, a woman told deputies that Sanford had forced her to perform oral sex on him in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Police interviewed both the 48-year-old woman and Sanford, who denied the allegations. The woman underwent a sexual assault kit and DNA swabs were taken from Sanford.
The results of these tests were recently returned from the Illinois State Crime lab, which showed a match between the sexual assault kit and Sanford’s DNA.
During his court appearance on Monday, Sanford told the judge that he lost his job after being charged. His bond was set at $75,000 and he was denied a request for a public defender.