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Ex-paramedic jailed for multiple sexual assaults and rapes

|News, Sexual offences

An ex-paramedic has today been jailed for multiple rapes and serious sexual assaults carried out over a period of several years on women in his care, or in an assumed relationship with him.

Andrew Wheeler, 46, worked as a paramedic in the East of England Ambulance Service and used his position to promote an immediate sense of trust and confidence from his victims.

The paramedic preyed on women in his care and went to great lengths to hide his actions by lying to colleagues and telling victims no one would believe them.

However, the CPS presented evidence of Wheeler’s clear intention to sexually abuse his victims and in some cases rape them.

He was found guilty of multiple offences over nine years and has today been sentenced to 21 years.

Matt Golby, of the CPS, said: “Wheeler abused his position of trust to rape and sexually assault women over several years. Instead of providing essential care, he preyed on these women for his own depraved gratification.

“Given Wheeler’s role in the community and his threats that no one would believe them, it must have taken immense courage for the victims in this case to come forward. They should be commended for their bravery and I hope today’s result shows the CPS will prosecute all perpetrators of sexual violence wherever our legal test is met.”

Notes to editors

  • Matthew Golby is a District Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East of England and Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit for Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Andrew Wheeler has been convicted and sentenced to 21 years.

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