EMSA em­ployee charged with at­tempted rape

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY JOSH DULANEY Staff Writer jdu­[email protected]­la­homan.com

A 23-year-old EMSA em­ployee has been charged with a felony count of at­tempt­ing to rape a woman after a night of drink­ing in Mid­west City.

Bran­don Michael Do­herty of Mid­west City has also been charged with at­tempted forcible oral sodomy, also a felony.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the woman was drink­ing and playing pool with a group of men at Henry Hud­son’s Pub on Dec. 19 when they de­cided to eat at Whataburger. After eat­ing, they re­turned to the bar, split up and the woman went home.

In a court doc­u­ment, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said the woman told them when she ar­rived home in Choctaw, Do­herty was wait­ing in her drive­way, un­in­vited.

“The vic­tim stated she wasn’t wor­ried due to Do­herty be­ing a medic for EMSA,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

EMSA would not con­firm with The Ok­la­homan whether Do­herty worked as a medic.

Do­herty al­legedly asked the woman to let him in­side, and once in her home, made sex­ual ad­vances and asked her to drink with him. The woman told Do­herty to leave but he con­tin­ued to at­tempt to kiss her and asked her to “hook up” with him, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Do­herty al­legedly grabbed the woman’s hair and tried to dis­robe her.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the woman told them Do­herty gave her com­mands that were sex­ual in na­ture while forc­ing her head into his groin area.

The woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors Do­herty forced her to the floor and be­came more force­ful.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the woman was wear­ing a smart­watch and dur­ing the strug­gle pushed a but­ton to call the last num­ber she di­aled. When a man an­swered, Do­herty was dis­tracted long enough for the woman to es­cape by lock­ing her­self in the bath­room, ac­cord­ing to a court doc­u­ment.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with in­ves­ti­ga­tors at EMSA on Dec. 23, Do­herty de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. He al­legedly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors the woman be­came upset when he at­tempted to kiss her, and she crawled off the bed and locked her­self in the bath­room.

“Do­herty was vis­i­bly shaken and sob­bing dur­ing the in­ter­view,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

After au­thor­i­ties no­ti­fied EMSA about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Do­herty was im­me­di­ately placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, EMSA spokes­woman Lara O’Leary said in a state­ment.

“Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in­di­cate there is no ev­i­dence the al­le­ga­tions oc­curred while the em­ployee was on duty,” O’Leary said. “EMSA will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Do­herty also was in­ves­ti­gated for a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a for­mer fe­male EMSA col­league, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

On Dec. 31, the for­mer co-worker told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she be­lieved Do­herty sex­u­ally as­saulted her while she slept after a date in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to a court doc­u­ment.

He is be­ing held in the Ok­la­homa County jail on $125,000 bond, records show.

Bran­don Michael Do­herty

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