- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (AP) - A sexual assault victim is suing three companies, claiming that her assault by a cable repairman could have been prevented if better background checks had been performed.

The woman’s attorney, Adam Goffstein, claims that Charter Communications and two of its subcontractors, Broadband Infrastructure Connection and Communications Unlimited Contracting Services Inc., would have learned that Hederle fabricated his previous job experiences had they checked with previous employers or personal references before hiring him.

Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for Charter, said in a statement that all employees are required to pass drug and alcohol screening, as well as criminal and financial background checks.

“We require the same of contractors like the one who employed this technician,” she said.

An attorney for Communications said he could not comment on pending litigation. An attorney for Broadband could not be reached.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1MaQU8V ) reports that the victim was attacked at her apartment in December two days after Hederle answered a service call there.

According to court documents, Hederle’s trainee status required him to have a supervisor with him during the call, but he serviced the call alone. After the visit, Hederle got the woman’s cellphone number from a company phone, and sent texts to her asking her to have drinks with him.

The woman told her boss about the texts, saying they made her uneasy. The boss called Charter on her behalf, and Hederle was fired.

When Hederle later attacked the woman, he said that he knew that she was the reason he lost his job.

“They pointed the finger right at her,” Goffstein said. “He had been inside of her home and knew the layout of her place, which was a factor when he broke in.”

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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