EMSA employee charged with attempted rape
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