Sacramento Fire Department responds to groping investigation
A Sacramento firefighter was formally charged with misdemeanor sexual battery Monday after a citizen’s complaint was filed in April.
An investigation into alleged misconduct by firefighter Jared David Evans, 32, is being conducted by the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
“As soon as the complaint was received, we forwarded the complaint to local law enforcement,” said fire department spokesman Chris Harvey. “This is his first complaint, and we are fully cooperating with the law enforcement at this time.”
The investigation stems from an incident Evans responded to on April 1.
Two paramedics, including Evans and a paramedic intern, responded to a report of 19-year-old “V-Doe” who was having seizures, according to court documents.
The documents said the paramedic intern witnessed Evans making inappropriate comments about the woman’s breasts and pulling her right breast out of the her bra when she was “completely unresponsive to pain and verbal commands.”
The victim felt a hand go down her shirt and pull out her breast but could not see who was doing it; she believed it would have been the paramedic seated at her side, the court documents said.
Evans, who is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 26, later denied the allegation.
The paramedic, who has worked for the department for two years, has been on paid administrative leave since April 21 – three days after fire department administrators received the complaint. After hearing that an arrest warrant had been issued, he turned himself in to Sacramento police Monday.
He was booked and released and has been cooperating with investigators. Evans did not return The Bee’s call for a comment.
“The Sacramento Fire Department takes this and all complaints very seriously. We recognize that the public is concerned, and we have cooperated fully in this legal investigation,” said fire Chief Walt White. “At this time, this is an ongoing legal matter and personnel issue, and we are not able to comment on allegations, and we are not able to answer further questions.
“We understand that the public has questions and we share their concerns, but we must not jeopardize legal proceedings, and I just want to add that the cornerstone of public safety is public trust, and that would be our focus moving forward.”