Andrew Wheeler - Paramedic

Andrew Wheeler - Paramedic

Andrew Wheeler, age 46, from Warboys, Cambridgeshire, was a paramedic. He was found guilty of committing sexual assaults upon two women and a child. He was dismissed from his job as a paramedic in September 2019, when he was charged with the offences.

The offences

He was found guilty of six offences, namely the rape and sexual assault of two women, and two counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The offences occurred between 2002 and 2018.

In one case Andrew Wheeler was in a rapid response car, when he responded to a woman who had collapsed. He then drove the drunken woman to her own home, where he raped and sexually assaulted her.

The second attack occurred when he raped a woman in 2009, who was not a patient at the time of the assault. He was also convicted of sexually assaulting the same woman in the back of his ambulance a year later, 2010, when she was a patient.

He was found guilty at Peterborough Crown Court after three days of deliberation.

Sentence

He will be sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on the 12 February 2021.

Police Statement

Det Ch Supt Martin Brunning called Wheeler "a predatory individual whose offending has spanned nearly a decade".   "It is feasible that over the significant span of time in which Wheeler was offending, there may be other victims who have not come forward.”

The officer went on to say that Wheeler had "caused a huge amount of suffering and trauma for his victims" and paid tribute to their "bravery in coming forwards. I can't imagine what they have gone through but I hope the result allows them to continue rebuilding their lives knowing that justice has been done.”

The police also said that Andrew Wheeler’s decision to become a paramedic “"was influenced by the access it would give him to potentially vulnerable members of the public and this breach of trust makes his appalling offences all the more deplorable".

 Statement by East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST)

Andrew Wheeler committed the offences while employed by the East of England Ambulance Service. He was suspended by the service in 2018 and dismissed a year later, in September 2019, when he was charged with the offences.

Dr Tom Davis, EEAST interim chief executive, said: "We are horrified by the accounts shared and thank all those who gave evidence for their bravery, which has resulted in the right course of justice.  We took action to report, suspend and ultimately dismiss this individual when allegations came to light, and are grateful to our police colleagues for their support in pursuing the concerns of our organisation and our staff."