Montgomery County EMS worker inappropriately touched patient in ambulance, officials say

- (FOX 5 DC) -- An employee with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services has been charged after officials said he inappropriately touched a female patient in an ambulance as they were heading to the hospital.
The Montgomery County Police Department announced on Monday that 33-year-old Mario Arturo Obando-Rodriguez of Gaithersburg was arrested in connection with the alleged incident that occurred on July 3.

Investigators said Obando-Rodriguez was providing treatment to a woman in an ambulance as they were headed to the hospital when he touched the victim inappropriately under the pretense of providing medical treatment.

He then gave his phone number to the victim, according to officials.

Obando-Rodriguez was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of second-degree assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual offense, according to police. He was released on $5,000 bail.

Officials said Obando-Rodriguez has been with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services since 2013 and was stationed at Fire Station 8 in Gaithersburg at the time of the offense.

Anyone with information regarding Obando-Rodriguez or the alleged incident was urged to call (240) 773-6084.

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