Firefighter Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen in Ambulance
Jodin Froeber of the Somers Fire Department was charged with second-degree sexual assault after he allegedly molested a 17-year-old girl on the way to the hospital.
The teen was working in the Trefoil Oak Program Center when she started having seizures. The fire department responded to the emergency call, and the girl was taken to St. Mary’s hospital in Racine. Froeber was in the back of the ambulance with the teen when the assault occured.
The victim said that she felt a man reach under her clothes to touch her breasts and heard a camera shutter as the man lifted her shirt and stood over her. The man further molested her before they reached the hospital.
Officials confirmed that Froeber responded to the call and was the only person at the back of the ambulance. The driver saw that Froeber was moving around and speaking to the victim, but he could not see or hear what was happening.
In his defense, Froeber told investigators that he simply treated the girl and gave her a sedative to calm down.
The matter is still under investigation. Froeber was placed on administrative leave with pay. If convicted, he could face up to a 40-year sentence, along with fines of up to $100,000.