Selfie crime: Two Florida EMTs charged for taking pictures with unconscious patients

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Hayley Minogue, WKRG-TV:

Shocking new details were announced on Thursday in an investigation involving Okaloosa County EMS Paramedics. Investigators say Kayla Dubois, 24, and Christopher Wimmer, 33, were taking selfies with patients in the back of the ambulances. Both were arrested, and charged with felonies.

The two former paramedics are facing charges after a “selfie war.”

“I think it was a sick, juvenile game… It was a sick, juvenile game I don’t know any other wat to describe it,” said Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley. “Who can be the most gross… who can be the most vile… who can I get a picture with… it’s humiliation.”

Kari Barlow,

Investigators found that the digital images — 64 videos and 101 photos — were shared among a group of five EMTs and paramedics within the Okaloosa County Public Safety Department.

Kayla Renee Dubois, a 24-year-old paramedic from Navarre, is charged with two counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications.

She was fired from her job with the county on May 20 and arrested Thursday morning in Santa Rosa County.

Crestview resident Christopher Wimmer, who is 33, turned himself in to authorities at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with seven counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications and one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in which he held open the eyelids of a sedated patient for a selfie.

Samantha Read, WJHG-TV:

“It was a sick juvenile game, I don’t know any other way to describe it,” said Sheriff Ashley. “It was a game of who can be the most vile, who can I get a picture with, it’s humiliating.”

OSCO says a total of 41 patients were initially identified. Two of those have died and three appear consensual. Of the remaining patients, 19 are female, 17 are male.

OSCO says one of the victims was an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“This has more to do with an invasion of privacy and respect than anything,” said Ashley.

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