Dept. of Health Issues Emergency Order Suspending Florida EMT’s License Due to Sexual Misconduct With Patient

by | May 14, 2024 | Doctors/Healthcare Providers

Angelo Simone Horowitz Law

On April 18, 2024, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Suspension of Alngelo Simone’s license to practice as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic in Florida following disturbing allegations that he sexually assaulted a female patient while in transport to Advent Health Orlando from Rockledge Regional Medical Center. Simone, who worked for Coastal Health Systems Ambulance in Brevard County at the time of the abuse, admitted to acts of sexual misconduct. Angelo Simone has been a licensed EMT since 2018 and a licensed Paramedic in Florida since 2023.

According to the Emergency Order, the alleged sexual misconduct occurred while the patient was in route to another medical facility. Simone was dispatched to assist in the transport on January 3, 2024. The victim was experiencing internal bleeding from a chronic kidney issue and was under the influence of medication to help calm her. Simone was alone with the patient in the back of the ambulance. During the drive, Simone unbuckled the victim’s shoulder strap and leaned over with his face near her chest. He then placed his mouth over the patient’s breast and sucked on her nipples. Simone sent a text message to the patient’s phone to apologize.

When questioned by investigators, Angelo Simone admitted to sucking on the patient’s nipples and stated that he did it because she looked “into it.” Simone also then admitted to giving another patient a breast massage while placing leads on her chest.

Due to the nature of their work, emergency medical technicians and paramedics must be able to provide appropriate emergency care and treatment to vulnerable patients. EMTs and paramedics are placed in a position of trust and must have good judgment and moral character to act professionally during every patient interaction. We should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us.  We believe healthcare workers are carefully vetted, trustworthy, and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Mr. Simone willfully abused his position as an emergency medical technician and paramedic by sexually violating his patient, who is in need of medical care, under the influence of sedating drugs, and vulnerable to abuse. Simone lacks the good judgment and moral character necessary to act professionally and, therefore, poses a danger to the health, welfare, and safety of the public. There is no way to restrict his practice to male patients only. Therefore, immediate suspension to practice as an EMT and/or Paramedic services is ordered.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected] for a free consultation.