Christopher Wimmer, a Florida paramedic who took selfies with unconscious patients, has been sentenced in the case that centered around a “selfie war.” According to reports, Wimmer sent the photos to another paramedic, who was likewise snapping selfies and sending them to Wimmer.
The Panama City News Herald reports that Wimmer and fellow EMS paramedic Kayla Dubois were investigated and charged last year. Both medical professionals had “compromising photos on their phones of patients inside ambulances who were under their care as part of an ongoing ‘selfie war.’”
Wimmer was sentenced to six months in jail, three years’ probation, and 100-hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay court fees.
Okaloosa County Circuit Judge William Stone barred Wimmer, 35, from working as a paramedic while completing his sentence, the News Herald reported.
Wimmer told the court that he “deeply regretted” what he had done. (See video below.)
“When I see ambulances drive by–every single time–in Boston, it reminds me of the mistakes that I’ve made and how it affected everyone else that was involved,” Wimmer reportedly said.
“To all the patients and their families,” he continued, “I want you to know how sorry I am for the things that I did and the crimes I committed.”
Wimmer reportedly pleaded no contest to seven felony counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications.
He also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of battery, stemming from a photo in which he held open a sedated female patient’s eyelids while posing for a photo.
Wimmer and Dubois were believed to have taken the photos of patients without their consent, using the EMTs’ personal cell phones. The images were taken from inside ambulances, while the patients were being cared for, as part of a contest.
Sheriff Larry Ashley, of the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office, said the pair were engaged in a “sick, juvenile game” in which each was attempting to be the “most gross” or “most vile” with the patients, which was a humiliating abuse of the patients’ trust.
The investigation revealed 41 patients were photographed and/or recorded.
Dubois was sentenced to two years of probation last month.
Wimmer reported to jail on Sep. 22 to start his sentence, according to reports.
One of the victimized patients, Pamela Burman, told the News Herald she felt Wimmer’s sentence was inadequate.
“For him not to get more jail time than he did is adding insult to injury,” she reportedly said. “We were devalued as human beings … and he felt that he could laugh at us.”
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