A former emergency medical technician was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison for molesting two teenage girls, including one who was a patient in his ambulance, authorities said.
David Alexander Carpio, 34, had been under investigation by the California Highway Patrol since 2017. A girl who was then 15 reported that she was sexually assaulted while riding in an ambulance from Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, according to the CHP.
During the ride, Carpio asked the girl for her Snapchat social media information so they could stay in touch. A CHP investigator posed as the girl, communicating with Carpio over social media and in text messages, gathering incriminating evidence, authorities said.
In the following months, the CHP said, several other girls came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Carpio, who had been their neighbor. One of the victims was 16 at the time of the alleged assault.
Carpio was charged with several counts of sexual assault and pleaded guilty last year to one count of sexual penetration of a minor over age 14 and sexual battery on a person being unlawfully restrained.
He was sentenced in Vista Superior Court.
Court records show that the victim in the ambulance case filed a civil lawsuit in 2018 against Carpio, Balboa Ambulance Inc. and Care Medical Transportation. The civil complaint alleges that Carpio kissed her neck, touched and drew on her breast, then rubbed the marks away. The case is scheduled for trial in March.