January 7th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

Paramedic accused of sexual assault inside ambulance

A Connecticut paramedic has been charged in the alleged sexual assault last month of a woman who was only semiconscious in the back of an ambulance, according to police.

Mark Powell, 49, was charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint after he turned himself over to authorities Thursday, according to Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith.

Smith said the 22-year-old woman received emergency medical treatment after hitting her head on Christmas Day and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. It was during that time in the ambulance that the alleged victim, who was strapped to a stretcher, was assaulted, Smith said, citing the woman's account.

The woman said she waited three days to report the incident because she was embarrassed and afraid, according to Smith.

The American Medical Response released a statement earlier this week saying that Powell has been placed on administrative leave.

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  1. gung hoe

    @phillip I get mad at your posting because if your not trieing to get after a couple females you are lusting after young boys. You are a pervert eugene and I think the problem with you phillip eugene is that you know that you know what you lust after is wrong,thats the way you post PHILLIP EUGENE

    January 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whomever

    @GfY. Good point. Abused children speak-out. You try to stifle them. You are a true American thriough and through. ty fior your supPort.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • GFY

      Abused children have spoken out.....in the places they should.......do you really thing that talking about on a blog every single day does anything but desensitizes people??? Or do you just like relining your pain over and over? In that case, masochistic comes to mnd......................

      January 8, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. TORI

    This blog is so bizaare. Seems like some psychotics are changing handles and. Commenting on their own posts.I am going to bed.I've had enough.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I am sorry TORI. It hurts me to read these things all the time. I wish he would stop it because for all of the others that have been abused and ra ped, reliving it through his posts causes us great distress. He is not thinking of others, but only himself. I wish he would stop talking about it all the time, because everyone who has been hurt the way we have reads this and relives it and that's not good but he don't CARE!!!!! He needs to stop it stop it stop it!!!!!!!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Whomever

    @GFI. "Uncle Ray abused me. Uncle Ray abused me! According to you, that makes me sicker than than the men who anused me. In other words, you are one iof them.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I was abused as a kid. Reading what tou write ALL THE TIME does not help me AT ALL!!!!! It just keeps bringing up things thatare very painful. I have shown your posts to my therapist, and he says what you are doing is not a good path to recovery. I keep a journal. Perhaps you should, too.

      January 8, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    @Dan good post bud,but what you posted does nothing but encourage phillip.I like you was abused as a child and I know the pain that you talk about.The best way that Ive found to deal with phillip is to deal with him the same way that he deals with us,he dont take us serious! Fight fire with fire.He dont think that we can find where he lives,but if you have any experince with the net you know hes so wrong I will you a hint the fist 3 letters are COLORADO oh well I spelled it.OH HEY PHILLIP HOWS THE KIDS!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    You people are saying the same things to me that a priest would say to his next victim. "It'll be OK. Just don't tallk about this with anyone and the pain will go away."

    January 8, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I don't think it matters what I say, you only listen to yourself. How many liitle kids do you think read these blogs? You do nothing but hurt others yourselfpost what can help not hurt!!!!!

      January 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Saoirse

    I've been hit on by a paramedic in the back of an ambulance. But never s-e-xually assaulted. That's just wrong.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Let me tell y'all a little story! About 10 yrs ago I was rollerskating around my apt.complex w/a friend & fell! I breaked w/my head, a method I Do Not recomend! I gave myself a concussion & a hematoma, (a huge black eye)! My friend called paramedics who arrived to take me to emergency! The two men who monitored me in the back were cracking cruel jokes at my expense, the whole ride to the hospital! I was incensed & told the head EMT that he & his crew were Neanderthals & obviously in the wrong biz! Yes, the accident was human error, but most are! I asked if they laugh & crack jokes when they come upon a car wreck w/people bleeding & dying, too! He appologized, but I wrote a strongly worded letter to his supervisor, who was equally angry to hear about such horrid behavior from his crew! I was excempt from paying the $390 ambulance fee & told the EMT's would be dealt w/appropriately! It wasn't molestation, but still a serious violation! W/ my 3 EMS experiences 2 out of 3 have been professional!!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    PS. please do y'alls best to ignore poor Philip! He has issues & can't find an outlet for his frustrations, except the blogs! Many of us have told him he needs to channel his energy in therapy or being a spokesperson for anti-abuse orgs, but he'd rather rant! It doesn't matter what the thread is about, he's an expert at making it about himself & his abuse! I was abducted & molested by a serial murderer! Even though I escaped relatively unscathed (considering), I still have bouts of PTSS! I just don't think or blog about it every moment of the day! Take a tip, Philip!!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    @dan @fernace whats going on fernace
    Long time no talky to!But DAN dont know what it is but theres something bout me that scares philly,As he refuses to talk back to me.It might be that he used to pester a friend of mine who he is in love with and I have told him off just about every way imaginable!and since then he absolutely refuses to talk to or about me,which is just peachy with me

    January 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. what

    WHAT exactly did he do? why when things happen we always here, condeming generalized buzz words- but never actual information. I understand the first inclination is to believe it (why would someone make this up?). Give Dominc Strauss Kahn a call, ask him about how woman never lie – let me know what you find out.

    January 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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