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Paramedic charged with sexually assaulting patient in ambulance

MADISON (WKOW) — A paramedic was charged Monday with felony sexual assault for allegedly groping a patient in an ambulance during a transport from Janesville to Stoughton.

Timothy Ovadal, 36, of Madison was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault.  He was released on a signature bond after a court hearing Monday and ordered not to work in any health care position as a term of his bail.

Dane County Sheriff’s officials say Ovadal assaulted the patient in a Ryan Brothers ambulance as the ambulance entered Dane County on its way from St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville to Stoughton Hospital May 8.

The woman told investigators that Ovadal had touched her breast inappropriately and exposed himself to her, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman also said Ovadal said he would contact her when she got out of the hospital because he had her phone number from her paperwork, according to the complaint.

The complaint states the patient was strapped to a gurney and was “…too shocked and scared” to fight Ovadal or cry out for help.

The complaint states Ovadal denied carrying out the assaults.  But authorities say DNA testing supports the victim’s claims.

Ovadal is a former defensive lineman for the UW Badger football team.

Shortly after his time at UW-Madison, Ovadal began volunteering as an emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Town of Madison.

“I’ve been on calls together,”  Town Fire Chief David Bloom says.  “Never had any issues with him on calls, at the station, at any.time,”  Bloom says.

Bloom says there are no complaints on-file against Ovadal.  He says Ovadal ended his dozen years of volunteer service in the spring, citing family responsibilities.

A Ryan Brothers Ambulance representative declines comment to 27 News on Ovadal’s tenure with the company.

Ovadal and his attorney Julia Westley have yet to comment to 27 News on the accusations against him.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Aug. 19 for a status conference.

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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