Survivors Encouraged to Speak Out after Paramedic Found Guilty of Sex Offences
Andrew Wheeler from Cambridgeshire has been found guilty for a series of sex offences between 2002 and 2018.
After denying all charges against him, the 46 year old paramedic was charged with raping two women and sexually assaulting a child under 13 years old while working for the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).
According to the BBC, Prosecutor Noel Casey said that Wheeler “abused the privilege and trust that wearing an NHS uniform brings.” He was also described as a “callous sexual abuser who thought he was untouchable.”
Our Abuse Claims Solicitors are encouraging anyone who’s been affected to reach out, even if it’s just for confidential advice and support.
Our Abuse Solicitors can provide you with advice on your case with no obligation to take things any further. If you do decide to take legal action, we’ll be there for you every step of the way. No one should be abused by a person who has the privilege to be in a position of trust, so we will give you the support you need to bring a claim.
What are the Charges?
Andrew Wheeler was found guilty of six sexual offences, including the rape and sexual assault of two women, and two counts of sexual assaults against a child under the age of 13, who was not a patient.
One of the offences took place in 2018 while Wheeler was on duty in a rapid response car. He was called out to help a woman after she’d collapsed at her friend’s house. He drove the patient to her home where he raped and sexually assaulted her.
Another woman reported that she was raped by Wheeler in 2009 when she wasn’t a patient, and was sexually assaulted by him in 2010 when she was a patient in the back of his ambulance. The woman had dialed 999 after experiencing difficulty breathing.
Both women trusted Wheeler to care for them when they were vulnerable, they put their trust in the paramedic who abused his position of power to harm them.
It’s not yet known if there were more victims, but the police have said it’s feasible that there could be other victims who have not yet come forward.
Now that Wheeler has been prosecuted this may give other victims the confidence to come forward. Our Abuse Solicitors would urge victims to contact the police as it’s important to get the justice you deserve.
Help from an Abuse Claims Solicitor
We understand that talking about physical or sexual abuse can be extremely traumatic. But if you decide to talk, our specialist Abuse Claims Solicitors will be here for you every step of the way. It takes courage to speak out about abuse and you might not feel ready straight away, but when you are, we’ll be ready to listen.
Our experienced Abuse Claims Solicitors have helped many abuse victims get the justice they deserve. We know that the idea of making a claim can feel daunting, but we’ll always work at a pace that feels comfortable for you.
We’ll support you throughout your claim, and can help you get any additional support you need, such as counselling, access to medical treatment, or compensation. If you want to report the abuse to the police, we can also help you with this.
If you’re thinking about making a claim for compensation, one of our Abuse Claims Solicitors will be happy to talk you through the process. Ask us about Legal Aid or handling your case on a No Win, No Fee basis when you get in touch.
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