A paramedic sexually assaulted by an aggressive patient as she treated him in an ambulance has spoken of her ordeal.
Patrick Sharpe, 40, of Gerrard Street, Preston, was jailed for 10 weeks and placed on the sex offenders register for seven years after sexually assaulting the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) clinician on the way to hospital.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: “I felt violated after what had happened to me – my job is to care for people, which is what I love to do, but when people abuse that care it is extremely demoralising for our profession.”
Preston magistrates heard on October 10, a 999 call was received about Sharpe who had fallen off a bicycle in the Riversway area.
On the stretcher in the ambulance Sharpe became uncooperative and aggressive.
When he calmed down, the crew decided to commence the journey to Royal Preston Hospital, but as the ambulance made its way, he touched the woman inappropriately.
On arrival he fled the scene but was later arrested and remanded. He has pleaded guilty to sexual assault, putting him in breach of conditional discharges for booze thefts earlier this year.
He also admitted breaching a community order.
The bench said it was a “deliberate attack on a public servant carrying out her public duties.”
The victim added: “I hope this draws attention to the type of aggression emergency services staff are all too often subject to, and that legal action will be sought against those who subject staff to such unacceptable behaviour.”