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Maryland firefighter charged with sex crime in ambulance

Police say Montgomery County firefighter left his phone number with victim

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Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post:

A Montgomery County firefighter was charged with assault and sexual offenses Friday after allegedly touching a woman inappropriately in an ambulance while treating her earlier this year, police said.

On July 3, Mario Arturo Obando-Rodriguez, 33, of Gaithersburg, was providing treatment to a woman in an ambulance on the way to a hospital when he touched her inappropriately and gave her his phone number, Montgomery County police said in a statement.

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Charlie Wright, Bethesda Magazine:

Obando-Rodriguez was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of second-degree assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual offenses. He was taken to the Central Processing Unit and released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond, police said.

MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer said Obando-Rodriguez has been “removed from operational status.”

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WTTG-TV/FOX5:

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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