January 28, 2017

EMT charged with sexually abusing victims in ambulance


STROUDSBURG - Stroud Area Regional Police Department received information that an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) working for Suburban Ambulance had inappropriate contact with a person being medically transported. A preliminary investigation disclosed two additional victims.  

The victims were being transported via ambulance both locally and out of the area via Suburban Ambulance on three separate dates ranging from July 2016 to January 2017. All three victims are male, have special needs, and range in age from older juveniles to adult. Once the patients/victims were loaded into the ambulance, police allege EMT Matthew Menist, 31, would turn the light off in the back of the ambulance and then begin touching the victims and stating he was checking for injuries. He would then sexually assault the victim.

Menist, of Stroudsburg, was arrested and arraigned on January 18th for the first incident that occurred in 2016. Additional charges were filed covering the other two incidents. 

Charges against Menist include several counts of Unlawful Contact with a Minor and Corruption of a Minor, both felonies.  He also faces several misdemeanor counts.

Anyone with information in reference to these incidents, please contact Stroud Area Regional Police Detective Susan Charles at 570-421-6800, extension 1038.


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