Gloversville EMT accused of improperly touching female patients in ambulance

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Donald E. Frye
Donald E. Frye

— A Gloversville emergency medical technician was arrested Wednesday for allegedly touching female patients in a sexual manner in the back of an ambulance.

Donald E. Frye, 44, worked for Fulton County Ambulance Service as an EMT. He also serves with the Gloversville Fire Department.

On Jan. 17, Gloversville police received a complaint from a woman claiming Frye forcibly touched her in a sexual manner for no medical reason while en route to Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Police opened an investigation based on her complaint and found a similar allegation in the fall of 2011, when a woman complained Frye had touched her in the back of an ambulance. He was not initially charged in the 2011 case but now has been.

Upon further review, police found another complaint, filed in February 2012. It allegedly took place outside Gloversville and was investigated by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff did not return a call seeking comment the 2012 case, but Gloversville police said it was a similar incident. They would not release further information.

Officials at the Fulton County Ambulance Service and Gloversville Fire Department refused to comment Wednesday.

Frye now faces two counts of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor — one each in the 2011 and 2013 cases.

He was held for arraignment in Gloversville City Court.

Anyone with information on the alleged incidents or on Frye can contact the Gloversville Detective Division at 773-4502.

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