Woman Raped by Paramedic —in Ambulance: Cops
22-year-old was being taken to hospital after falling
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 4:26 PM CST
A 22-year-old was allegedly attacked by the paramedic dispatched to help her.   (AP Photo/ J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel)

(Newser) – Yet another truly horrific Christmas Day story: A Connecticut woman was raped in the wee hours of Dec. 25, say police—by the paramedic who was dispatched to help her after she fell at a holiday party. Police say the 22-year-old woman suffered a head injury and lost consciousness around 3am; an American Medical Response ambulance arrived to take her Yale-New Haven Hospital. According to police, she regained consciousness on the drive there—and realized the sole paramedic in the back of the ambulance with her was sexually assaulting her.

The woman told police that the assault lasted 5 to 7 seconds; she was unable to move since she was strapped to a stretcher. The New Haven Register reports that paramedic Mark Powell, 49, turned himself in yesterday; he has been charged with sexual assault and unlawful restraint. The AP notes that a rep for AMR explained that it is a national standard to have only one person in the back of the ambulance when transporting a patient.

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Jan 7, 2012 3:59 PM CST
all he did was touch her, what's wrong with that ? not like he had sex with her
Jan 7, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Liberals: We are for freedom, liberty and tolerance. Liberals after reading a less than 500 word summary on Newser by a person who was not present at the alleged crime: This guy is GUILTY!
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