Grandmother describes how pervert paramedic molested her as she lay semi-conscious in ambulance

Paramedic William Mitchell faces jail after he was captured on CCTV repeatedly fondling his patient’s breasts and placing her hand over his groin

The victim of a pervert paramedic has told how he molested her as she lay semi-conscious in the back of his ambulance.

The vulnerable grandmother was supposed to be treated by William Mitchell.

Instead he forced her to touch his private parts and fondled her en route to hospital.

Speaking for the first time of the attack, she admits her horrific ordeal has damaged her marriage, with her husband struggling to believe what happened.

Mitchell, 57, believed to be a former soldier, is facing jail next month. He was captured on CCTV repeatedly fondling his patient’s breasts, placing her hand over his groin.

He admitted misconduct in public office by wilfully engaging in sexual activity on duty.

Still shaken and deeply disturbed, his victim suffers flashbacks every day.

“He was up my top,” she said. “He got my hand and pushed it down to his private parts. I said ‘no, no, no’. I pushed him off.

"When the ambulance stopped it was as if nothing had happened.”

Durham crown court heard the victim, who cannot be identified, was semi-conscious and displaying ‘volatile and rather bizarre’ behaviour as he touched her in April of this year.

She went on: “I was pulling away and then he got my head and he pulled it down. It has been horrendous for me.

"I know it is over and done with but it is still on my mind. When someone does that to you it hurts. I have MS and he should not have done it to me.

“Me and my husband could be split up through this. My husband and son don’t believe me.”

After a short stay at the University Hospital, North Durham, she returned home.

But she suffered breathlessness again, and called another ambulance. After telling staff what had happened on her previous journey, police were called and CCTV footage of the incident was retrieved.

Mitchell resigned from his post as soon as the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) launched its own investigation.

“It goes around and around in my head. I am so down,” added the woman, who is a full time carer.

“I just don’t want him doing this to anybody else.”

Mitchell’s barrister David Comb tried to have the charge of misconduct in public office dismissed as it had never been brought against a health service worker.

But Judge Christopher Prince ruled against him and said a clinician was a ‘public office holder’ and could be prosecuted under Common Law.

Judge Prince also warned Mr Comb that Mitchell, of Fencehouses, Co Durham, ‘has to expect an effective custodial sentence’.

He was bailed to return for sentence on January 24. Mr Comb said he would appeal against the judge’s decision to let the charge stand.

A NEAS spokeswoman said: “As soon as we became aware of this incident an investigation was launched. Mr Mitchell was invited to a disciplinary hearing soon afterwards, but resigned from his position. NEAS has co-operated fully with all of the relevant bodies involved in the prosecution.”

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