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Ambulance worker from Derby sexually assaulted woman – Derbyshire Live

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An ambulance worker from Derby has narrowly avoided prison after sexually assaulting a woman.

Derby Crown Court heard how 44-year-old Kevin Palmer, of Sinfin, carried out the act in 2016.

Palmer, of Rothesay Close, was an emergency care assistant, meaning he responds to emergency calls to assist paramedics.

He was interviewed and admitted what he had done was wrong and that he did it to satisfy his own sexual desires.

Now he has been spared an immediate prison term because of his “excellent work record” and the belief that it is unlikely he will carry out the same type of offence again.

‘A loyal friend’

Tony Stanford, for Palmer, said: “He is a 44-year-old man of hitherto positive good character.

“He has a long work history, working as an emergency care worker for a paramedics team and has seen many awkward things.

“In his role he has helped a great number of people. He is genuinely sorry for what he has done.

“He is well supported in court by his family and has been described as a genuine person, a loyal friend that looks out for others.

“Because of these allegations he has not worked and he now wants to get back to work and get on with the rest of his life.”

Palmer no longer works for EMAS
Palmer no longer works for EMAS

Andrew Vout, prosecuting, said the offence took place in 2016.

He said of Palmer’s interview by police: “He said he knew what he had done was wrong. He said he did it for his own sexual gratification.”

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Palmer pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault.

Handing Palmer a nine-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: “You sexually touched her and she reported that.

‘Custody is an option’

“This is a serious sexual offence and custody is an option.

“But having heard all about you, your excellent work record and the support you have from a great number of people who speak of you being a warm, supportive and responsible person, who the probation service say does not show a high risk of re-offending, I feel I can suspend that.”

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As well as the suspended prison term, Judge Mooncey ordered Palmer to carry out 80 hours unpaid work, pay £1,000 prosecution costs and placed him on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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Speaking after sentencing, East Midlands Ambulance Service said Palmer is no longer one of its employees.

Tim Slater, general manager for Derbyshire, said: “The offences took place outside of the workplace, but Mr Palmer was subsequently dismissed from the service.”

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