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Police conduct background check on ambulance supervisor after he applies for new job. Find allegations of rape.

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May 14 2021, Published 11:36 a.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man applied for a new job, but police say a background check only brought him new sexual assault charges.

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Pennsylvania State Police say Trooper Leo Petrucci was assigned to complete a background check on Gerard Joseph Alfano, 32, who was an ambulance supervisor. Alfano applied for a job in the Commonwealth government, according to the Times News.

During that investigation, police said allegations of sexual misconduct came to light and Alfano was arrested.

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According to authorities,  Around 3:30 a.m. on March 14 Alfano began texting the victim, a female emergency medical technician with the Palmerton Community Ambulance, where Alfano was her boss.

During that conversation, police said Alfano suggested that because he gave a positive reference to the victim’s mortgage company, she should return the favor by having sex, according to the report. 


Petrucci said Alfano “created a quid pro quo situation,” and he basically told the victim that he’d “do good for you if ya do good for me.”

Alfano also offered the victim “bonus cash,” police said.

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A second incident took place while on a bus trip in July 2018, police said.

During that trip, police said Alfano put his hand into the shorts of the victim.

According to the victim, the contact with Alfabo was unsolicited and without her consent.

Alfano was interviewed by state police on April 29 and admitted that he touched the victim during the bus ride, authorities said.

Alfano was arraigned on both cases on May 11 and faces charges of sexual extortion, criminal attempt to commit sexual extortion, criminal use of a communication facility and harassment for the first case and counts of indecent assault and harassment for the second case.

Bail was set for $10,000 for both cases and he is scheduled to be in court on May 19 for a preliminary hearing, police said.


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