The founder and part-owner of a company recently hired to provide ambulance service to Brandon was arrested last week. Hempstead County deputies charged James Pafford of Pafford Amublance Service last week on child sex abuse. The Hope Star reported:
Retired emergency medical services businessman James Carl Pafford, of Hope, was arrested here Monday in connection with an investigation into sexual conduct with a male juvenile.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said Monday afternoon that Pafford was taken into custody at a residence as investigators served a search warrant at a West 16th Street home.
“The investigation is in its early stages and is expected to continue over the next several weeks,” Singleton said.
He said the probe began as the result of a Feb. 27 call to the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police about the possible sexual abuse of a 12-year old male.
Singleton said the call made reference to a possible sexual abuse case in Hempstead County, but he said Monday he could not confirm whether the juvenile resided in Hope or Hempstead County.
“Investigators of the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office and agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division launched an investigation into the allegations,” Singleton said. “As an early result of that investigation, investigators from the Hemsptead County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Arkansas State Police arrested 71-year old James Carl Pafford, of Hope, Arkansas, for rape of a person who is less than 14 years old; sexual assault in the second degree on a person who is less than 14-years of age; and, sexually grooming a child.”
Singleton said Pafford was taken into custody shortly before 5 p.m. Monday as the result of the service of a search warrant at a residence on West 16th Street. Pafford resides at 3317 W. 16th St.
The company website is "under construction" although the air ambulance website states:
PAFFORD AMBULANCE SERVICE was formed in Arkansas in 1967 by James and Carol Pafford. It is one of the largest and oldest family-owned ambulance operations in America. The second generation of Paffords carries on the tradition. Jamie, Greg, and John work together to maintain the Pafford reputation. Pafford EMS and our sister companies provide service in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.The proposal submitted to the City of Brandon (in response to Brandon's rfp) stated:
In Summer 2006, Pafford AIR ONE began providing air ambulance service across North Louisiana and South Arkansas.
Pafford EMS, is also involved in educating the community by offering CPR and First Aid courses and encouraging the use of the Enhanced-911 System in reporting an emergency situation.
"The Pafford family of companies is owned and operated wholly by the Pafford family. James Pafford, Carol Pafford, Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Ben Gresham, Greg Pafford, and John Pafford.