Officials investigating transport incident
MARION COUNTY -- Law enforcement officials from two agencies are currently investigating an alleged sexual battery during a patient transport from St. Vincent Clay Hospital to St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Tuesday.
The unidentified 25-year-old female patient, a Brazil resident, filed an official complaint with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department around 5:30 p.m., Tuesday.
According to the complaint, two white male employees from the Terre Haute-based Trans-Care Ambulance Service provided the transport service after attending physicians at the local hospital determined the victim needed medical treatment in Indianapolis.
The victim said one of the ambulance attendants placed a stethoscope on her chest, slipped his other hand into her pants and moved toward the vaginal area during the ambulance ride, which started shortly after noon, Tuesday.
Immediately asking the attendant "What are you doing?" and saying "Stop it," the victim said that attendant told her he was checking her out and removed his hand.
When the victim asked for her cell phone, the attendant allegedly said it was in the front of the ambulance in the driver's compartment and that she didn't need her cell phone.
The victim then reported observing the same attendant showing the other ambulance attendant pictures saved on her cell phone and making comments about these photos.
Upon arrival at the Indianapolis hospital, the ambulance attendant returned the victim's cell phone to her. After inspecting the cell phone, the victim discovered six pictures of her in a bathing suit had been emailed without her consent to a phone number she did not recognize. All six photos were sent within a five-minute time period approximately a half-hour into the ambulance ride.
The ambulance arrived at the Indianapolis hospital shortly before 2 p.m.
Upon arrival, the victim filed a complaint with the hospital staff and local law enforcement officials once in her hospital room.
Trans-Care officials have released the following statement regarding the allegations:
"In the afternoon hours of 12 July 2010, Trans-Care administration received information from an employee alleging misconduct by a second employee involving a patient. We began an immediate investigation into the allegations.
While conducting this investigation, Trans-Care received further information that the patient had filed a complaint with the hospital to which she was transported and with law enforcement.
As a result of both our investigation and the complaints, Trans-Care contacted a representative of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to begin complaint procedures with the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission.
The employee against whom the allegations were made has been removed from all scheduled work involving patient care.
There were two men assigned to the ambulance.
The second employee who is mentioned in the statement as reporting the incident would have been the other man assigned to that ambulance.
At this time, action has only been taken against one man.
Trans-Care takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously and is cooperating with all agencies investigating these allegations including law enforcement."
Officials confirm the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post will conduct the investigation into the incident.