ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When you phone 911 for help, you expect to get it. What you do not expect is to be assaulted by the first responder that is there to assist you. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to a 20-year-old woman in Asheville.
According to reports, the incident occurred on August 10, 2014.
On said date, the woman was seen at the emergency department of the main Mission campus. The medical condition was not disclosed. Several hours later, the woman was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph campus. Transporting paramedics were a female driver and the accused, Tou Vang Lee, 43.
In a police statement filed by the victim, Lee is reported to have asked the victim if she had any pain. He proceeded to press on her sternum and chest. Lee then began to touch other parts of her body, including her knee, vagina, and left breast. Lee covered the victim with a blanket, reaching under same to squeeze her breast.
The victim reported the occurrence to hospital staff the same day.
This report against Lee is not the first of its kind. In 2012, another woman filed a similar complaint, alleging that she was touched by Lee while being transported in an ambulance from Mission to a Wake Forest hospital. No charges were filed in that case.
During a police investigation, detectives note that Lee changed his story frequently. Detectives also note that the female driver stated that palpating a patient currently under doctor’s care would be unusual.
The investigation has resulted in Lee being charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor. Lee will be seen in Buncombe County District Court on February 4, 2015.
Sexual Abuse and Your Rights
Sexual abuse can take on many faces. Any sexual contact that is unwanted may be deemed to be abuse or battery. You have the right to expect dedicated, professional service from first responders, medical personnel, and others. If you feel that you have been abused, we at Auger & Auger are here for you.
We know that coming forward can be difficult. We want to be very clear that you have no reason to be embarrassed, nor are you at any type of fault. We understand that it can be difficult to describe the nature of your assault to a male attorney; we are happy to put you in touch with one of our experienced female lawyers to enhance your level of comfort.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, do not hesitate to contact our compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys. You have rights and we are here for you. Call now.