A former Prompt paramedic who was recently named paramedic of the year by the Indiana EMS Association is now facing multiple charges relating to sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed through Cass Superior Court 2, Chad Bowlby, 46, has been preliminarily charged with a Level 4 felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 5 count of child solicitation, a Level 6 felony count of neglect of a dependent and a Level 6 felony count of sexual battery.
This all stems from several incidents that occurred between August and December 2018, court records stated.
The affidavit indicated that the juvenile desired a future career in EMT work and would accompany Bowlby on ride-alongs inside the ambulance. The first incident occurred inside one of those ambulances, the girl stated in a police interview conducted last month.
Other incidents occurred at Bowlby's residence in Russiaville and the juvenile's home in Logansport.
The girl also told police that the encounters consisted of several different sexual acts, and they would occur anywhere from once a week to multiple times a day, court records stated.
Bowlby allegedly told the girl that if she told anyone about what was happening, he would "kill himself before he went to prison," and the girl told police that that's why she held back from telling anybody about the incidents, the affidavit stated.
During a Jan. 11 search of Bowlby's residence, police located several items in a bedroom that were consistent with the girl's description, court records indicate.
Bowlby has currently not been arrested on the preliminary charges pending dismissal from an area hospital.
Daniel Somerville, director of business development with Phoenix Paramedic Solutions — which still runs as Prompt in Cass County — said that Bowlby has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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