Jan 3, 2023
A 22-year-old ambulance worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenager who was being transported to a Riverside County hospital, according to a statement provided by authorities.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed via press release that deputies launched an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault against a teenage victim. The suspect, Jason Dean Anderson, 22, of Wildomar, California, is reportedly an employee of American Medical Response, a medical transportation company.
“It is alleged that while on-duty in the back of an ambulance, Jason Anderson sexually assaulted and solicited sexual acts from the teenage patient during a medical transport,” Sheriff’s Department officials said.
The teenage victim reported the alleged assault to authorities, but where and when the incident took place was not confirmed, according to a CBS Los Angeles story. The name and identity of the alleged sexual assault survivor has not been disclosed.
Anderson was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center for sexual assault related charges with a minor and is being held on $75,000 dollar bail.
A spokesperson for American Medical Response (AMR) said the suspect was placed on administrative leave, according to a KTLA report.
“We were informed of an alleged incident involving an AMR Riverside employee. Following an internal investigation of the allegations, the incident was reported to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department for further review,” the AMR spokesperson said. “The employee in question was placed on administrative leave during the course of our internal investigation and has not worked since the day the alleged incident took place. AMR will cooperate fully during the course of the Riverside Sheriff’s investigation.“
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has indicated that there may be additional victims impacted by Anderson who have yet to come forward. Anyone with information related to sexual misconduct on the part of Jason Dean Anderson or who may have been victimized by the suspect is strongly encouraged to contact Investigator Wesley Martinelli from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at 951-696-3006.
Sexual assault is a nationwide problem impacting millions of Americans. In fact, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
Some additional statistics on sexual assault in America include:
As data compiled by RAINN confirms, millions of women in the U.S. are rape survivors. As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of either completed or attempted rape.
And, as RAINN notes, young women are much more prone to being targeted by rapists:
However, men are also commonly victimized by sexual predators.
Data offered by RAINN confirms that the likelihood of a sexual assault survivor suffering suicidal or depressive thoughts increases significantly after a sex crime.
Additionally, sexual assault survivors are more likely to use drugs when compared with the general population.
For example, sexual assault survivors are statistically:
Unfortunately, instances of sexual violence are grossly underreported to law enforcement. According to RAINN, only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are ever reported to police. With such low reporting of sexual violence, predators often victimize individuals repeatedly.
While coming forward to report a sexual assault can be a harrowing experience, it can also be empowering for survivors. As Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) founder and former sex crimes prosecutor, Sam Dordulian, has witnessed through his more than 25 years of experience helping survivors obtain justice, confronting a perpetrator can have numerous benefits.
“What I’ve found over the years, assisting hundreds of survivors, is that those who have gone through the legal process typically find it very empowering. They were once terrified of this scary predator, but eventually come to realize he’s actually not that intimidating when sitting quietly and meek in a courtroom with deputies standing over him, and is eventually carted away in handcuffs. For the first time, it’s the survivors who are now in control, not the perpetrator. And when a survivor takes back that control from the abuser, it can be incredibly healing. I’ve represented victims on countless occasions who are terrified before taking the stand. However, when they decide to take that step, to walk up, get on the stand and testify before that now meek and incarcerated perpetrator, inevitably they come to magically realize that this awful person who had hurt them so severely no longer has any power,” Dordulian says.
If you’re considering pursuing a sexual assault civil lawsuit in an effort to recover financial compensation, you have options under the law. In many cases, a settlement can be reached without ever having to go to trial. Moreover, depending on the specific nature of a sex crime, some survivors may be able to remain anonymous when filing civil claims against perpetrators.
Contact our experienced team of sexual assault lawyers today to learn more about your legal options.
California sexual assault civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of your sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.
Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a California sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:
For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. Moreover, the statute of limitations allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
DLG is a leading California-based sexual assault firm representing survivors across the United States. DLG offers survivors a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.
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