LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- More charges could be on the way for a Eugene Springfield Fire paramedic accused of rape, prosecutors say.
Edward Blake, 43, was arrested by Springfield police last week after an investigation that started Sept. 11. He is accused of first-degree rape and causing a person to ingest a controlled substance.
He is in the Lane County Jail, and his bail has been set at $350,000.
The allegations come from a woman he originally met online and later met up with at a Springfield motel, according to one of Blake's friends who asked to remain anonymous.
Mike Caven, the president of the Lane Professional Firefighters Association, says the crimes that Blake is accused of committing go against everything it means to be a paramedic.
"I would say that probably as most people, the charges are surprising and disappointing, not in line with values that we as firefighters hold in the community," Caven said.
According to Blake's friend, his wife and son left the state after his arrest.