Trial set for former Calif. FF-medic accused of sexually abusing patients

Authorities allege Joshua Stephen Huffman sexually abused two child patients during ambulance transports

By Laura French

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — A former California firefighter-paramedic accused of sexually abusing two child patients will stand trial in late September. 

Authorities allege that Joshua Stephen Huffman, a former El Dorado County Fire Protection District employee, committed sexual crimes against one patient under the age of 14 and one under the age of 10 while transporting them in ambulances during separate incidents several years apart, according to the Placerville Mountain Democrat

Huffman was arrested in 2018 after both female patients came forward to the police, the Mountain Democrat reported. 

Huffman is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14, one count of sexual penetration by force upon a child under 14, one count of oral copulation involving a child under 10, and one count of possession of obscene matter depicting a minor in a sexual manner, according to detention records

Huffman's bail was set at $4 million. Jury selection will begin in his trial on Sept. 22. 

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