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SLED: Man sexually assaulted girl, 13, while taking her to hospital

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Paul Matthew Cason (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office) Paul Matthew Cason (Source: Greenville County Sheriff's Office)

According to warrants released by state investigators, a Greenville man is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl while he was transporting her to a hospital.

Paul Matthew Cason, 25, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor second-degree and criminal sexual conduct with a minor third-degree. The State Law Enforcement Division released the warrants, which were signed in Greenville County.

Warrants say that Cason was working for a private security company and was transporting the girl from a Greenville Hospital System to a Charleston hospital when the assault took place in November.

According to the company's spokesperson Billy Wilkins, Cason was employed with American Services as a driver who transported non-emergency medical patients to and from hospitals.

Wilkins, who is an Upstate attorney, said Cason was suspended once American Services learned of the investigation and is no longer employed with the company. He said the criminal allegations against Cason have been under investigation for about two weeks and that American Services has a "a zero-tolerance policy for any type of misconduct."

According to Wilkins, a thorough background check is always conducted before someone is hired and there was "not even a hint of any evidence that this type of misconduct, if true, would occur," with Cason.

Cason worked for the company for about three years and did not have anything in his background or personnel file that would indicate any type of misconduct, Wilkins said. He said the company's policy did not prohibit an adult male from riding in a vehicle with a minor female, but the company is reviewing their policies and procedures as part of the investigation.

According to Wilkins, Cason would have been driving a sedan that has a partition that separates the driver from the passenger in the backseat, similar to a law enforcement-style vehicle. He said it is company policy that their employee not have any contact with a patient, which if it proves true, Cason violated.

Greenville Health System spokesperson Sandy Dees released the following statement regarding how the hospital uses transportation services:

"GHS patients with clinical needs who require transportation to other facilities are taken by mobile care, GHS' advanced-life-support ambulance transport service. Patients who do not require clinical care are transported by a contracted agency, which is required by the terms of its contract with GHS to conduct yearly SLED background checks on all employees involved in patient transport"

Both Wilkins and GHS said they are cooperating with law enforcement's as well as reviewing their patient transport processes and contracts as a part of this investigation.

Cason's attorney told FOX Carolina's Cody Alcorn that their investigation is just beginning and his client intends to plead not guilty.

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