EMT accused of sexually assaulting teen released after 37 minutes After being caught


A North Carolina paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl while providing medical care in an ambulance has been released on bond 37 minutes after his arrest, prompting outrage from the police chief.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department press release noted Akingbivaju Joseph Opadele, 31, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the crime of having sex under the guise of medical care.

A 17-year-old female was taken to Atrium Health Main on Jan. 17 after experiencing a “medical episode,” according to Charlotte police. The 17-year-old told hospital staff that Opadela sexually assaulted him in an ambulance on the way. to the hospital.

The results of the affidavits and the sexual assault led to an arrest warrant for Opadele on March 7.

However, Police Chief Johnny Jennings expressed displeasure with Mecklenburg County’s bail system after Opadel was released from jail on an unsecured $15,000 bond 37 minutes after his arrest. . in writing On Twitter:

37 minutes. That’s how long it took a Fort Mill paramedic to be released from jail after being arrested by CMPD and accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old patient. He was released on $15,000 unsecured bail. What message are we sending to the most vulnerable in our society? I look forward to continuing work on the Pretrial Integrity Act to increase accountability for pretrial release conditions.

WCNC reported Jennings is working with lawmakers to draft the Pretrial Integrity Act, which would “change the way bail is granted to keep suspects out of jail.”

WCNC reports Fort Mill EMS Chief Tim McMichael said the agency will conduct its own investigation into the incident.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the case is “active and ongoing” and asked the public to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 with information on this or any other possible cases.


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