Paramedic Arrested and Charged With Two Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault
Following a sexual assault report from July 22, a Gifford man, Jeffrey Sanford, has been arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault by State’s Attorney Julia Rietz. Sanford, a veteran paramedic for OSF PRO, was accused of sexually assaulting a patient who was being taken to the hospital via ambulance.
According to the Champaign County Police Department, deputies were dispatched to OSF hospital early in the morning after a woman reported that she was pressured into performing oral sex on an EMT in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Upon arrival, police officials interviewed both Sanford and the victim, a woman from Rantoul. At this initial interview, Sanford denied any allegations made by the woman.
Champaign County Sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson reported that a sexual assault kit was performed on the woman that day, and a DNA swab was taken from Sanford. Recent results from the Illinois State Crime Lab reveal a match between Sanford’s DNA and evidence that was obtained from the sexual assault kit.
The spokesperson for OSF Healthcare declined to say how long Sanford worked as a paramedic, but that he is no longer employed by them. One of the Class 1 felony counts against Sanford alleges the use of force, while the other one states that the victim was unable to consent at the time of the assault. Should Sanford be convicted of these criminal charges, he could face a prison sentence between 4 and 15 years.
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