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June 19, 2014

Conn. medic gets prison time for sexual assault of patient

Mark Powell was sentenced to 3 1/2 years behind bars; a 22-year-old unconscious woman said she woke up to him touching her

The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A former paramedic who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in an ambulance in Connecticut has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

Fifty-two-year-old Mark Powell of North Haven was sentenced Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. He agreed to the prison time and lifetime sex offender registration when he pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault in April.

The New Haven Register reports the victim said in court that Powell was a "monster" who sexually pleased himself at her expense.

Prosecutors say Powell and another paramedic responded to a Hamden party early Christmas morning in 2011 to treat an unconscious and intoxicated 22-year-old woman who fell and hit her head while dancing.

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The woman said she woke up in the ambulance and Powell was touching her in a sexual way.

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Todd Monroe Todd Monroe Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:42:12 PM assault is a verbal threat, battery is touching
Jake Bigelow Jake Bigelow Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:52:57 PM It depends on the laws of the jurisdiction you live in. In common law, assault is the act of creating apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact with a person. Some states, like Montana don't have battery, it is all classified as assault. Other states classify it as battery. Be careful what you teach as fact. Sometimes it is incorrect.
Todd Monroe Todd Monroe Friday, June 20, 2014 5:30:06 AM just going by the NREMT guidelines, teaching some newbies now....agree its a misused term
Carl Stanley Carl Stanley Friday, June 20, 2014 7:30:07 AM He deserves everything he gets. He betrayed his patient and his co workers and makes us all look bad.
Robert M Hedgecorth Robert M Hedgecorth Friday, June 20, 2014 2:41:54 PM i'm sorry he should get life in prison we as medics already have to walk a fine line when putting our hands on a patient to treat them and some pervert violates that trust and makes us all look bad,the trust that patients have in us should never be violated.

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