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Paramedic gets 13-year prison sentence for assaulting woman

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 8:16 PM CST
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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois paramedic was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman while she was in an ambulance.

In sentencing Jeffrey Sanford Jr., Champaign County Circuit Judge Randy Rosenbaum said the paramedic destroyed the public trust in calling for an ambulance.

The judge in October found the 48-year-old Sanford of Gifford guilty of criminal sexual assault. Sanford was accused of forcing a 49-year-old suicidal woman to perform oral sex on him in an ambulance on July 21, 2019. Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink presented evidence linking Sanford to sexually inappropriate conduct with a 10-year-old girl, a woman who called for an ambulance and an 89-year-old woman with dementia.

Sanford delivered 36 babies in his 20-plus years as a paramedic.

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