Woman sexually assaulted in ambulance, paramedic turns himself in
An ambulance ride on Christmas Day reportedly turned out to cause more harm for a 22-year-old woman.
According to CNN, the woman hit her head on Christmas Day and was on route to Yale-New Haven Hospital when she says she was sexually assaulted by a paramedic. She was strapped to a stretcher and was reportedly only semiconscious when she awoke to the assault.
Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith said that Connecticut paramedic Mark Powell turned himself in on Thursday and was charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint.
Smith added that the woman was embarrassed and scared after the incident, thus she waited three days to report it.
N.Y. Daily News reports that a driver was present in the ambulance when the alleged assault occurred.
Charles Babson, general manager of American Medical Response, said, “AMR takes very seriously our responsibility to provide safe care and transport for our patients, and we do not tolerate any kind of abusive behavior.”
Powell was placed on administrative leave earlier this week.
According to N.Y. Daily News, Powell began working as a part-time paramedic in 2006 for American Medical Response. In September 2011, he began working full-time.
Powell was released on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 19.