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Cops: Former EMT serving probation for 2016 sex assault accused of new rape

Paul Peirce

A former Greensburg assistant deputy fire chief and paramedic recently accepted into a probationary program for the 2016 sexual assault of a female co-worker was taken into custody Tuesday by city police for allegedly raping a mentally challenged woman.

Parker A. Foster Jr., 54, is charged with rape, indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, aggravated indecent assault and criminal attempt in connection with a reported assault inside the woman’s apartment July 17.

Foster declined to comment to reporters as he was led in handcuffs out of the Greensburg police station to District Judge Chris Flanigan’s office for arraignment.

Flanigan ordered that he be held in the Westmoreland County Prison without bail.

On Oct. 18, Foster was given a two-year probationary term in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program by Judge Tim Krieger in connection with his May 2016 arrest by state police for groping a female co-worker at a Hempfield hotel. According to online court dockets, two counts of indecent assault were dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Foster was entered into the ARD program on two counts of simple assault.

First-time nonviolent offenders accepted into the program can ask a judge to expunge their records once requirements are successfully completed.

Also in 2016, Verona police arrested Foster for allegedly raping a woman inside an ambulance he drove for Guardian Angel Ambulance Service. Foster was fired by the ambulance service after his arrest.

According to police reports in that case, the accuser said she asked Foster to see the inside of an ambulance and Foster took her out for ice cream. One day later, police said, Foster took the woman to the ambulance station for a tour and sexually assaulted her inside the ambulance.

Allegheny County prosecutors dropped the case against Foster prior to trial. At the time, District Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Manko said the alleged victim, in a pre-trial interview, provided additional evidence that made it impossible for the prosecution to sustain its burden of proof.

According to city Detective John Swank, who filed charges against Foster on Tuesday, the latest accuser told police she met Foster online a week before the alleged assault. On July 17, the woman told investigators that she agreed to meet Foster at the Dollar General store in Greensburg. Foster picked her up in his car about 9 p.m., she reported.

She told police that he drove her to eat at a McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street, where he made inappropriate comments about her physical features and said, “You’re mine.”

When Foster drove her back to her apartment, the woman said, he entered her home “despite her telling him not to come inside.” Once he was inside, she said, Foster sexually assaulted her.

“The victim said she told (Foster) to stop as she was not interested in having sex with him,” Swank wrote in court papers.

According to Swank, detectives obtained several messages between the accuser and Foster. Swank said Foster falsely claimed in the texts he is 40 years old.

In an interview with Swank, Foster admitted taking the woman to McDonald’s and kissing her.

Police said a rape kit was collected from the accuser. When asked about her claims and informed of the rape kit, Swank reported that Foster “wanted to call an attorney and the interview was ended.”

During the investigation, Swank also spoke with the woman’s social service caseworkers, who said that although she lives “independently, she requires the highest level of support to assist with her daily needs.”

Foster’s attorney in his prior Westmoreland case, Patrick Thomassey, was not available for comment.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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Parker Foster Jr. of Greensburg following 2016 arrest. July 30, 2019
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