Del. EMT allegedly groped elderly patient after returning to her home off-duty
The woman reportedly thought John A. Pase, a volunteer EMT, was a home healthcare nurse when he returned to her residence two weeks after a call
By Laura French
MIDDLETOWN, Del. — A Delaware EMT is accused of returning to an elderly patient's home two weeks after a call and groping her while off-duty.
John A. Pase, 48, an EMT at the Volunteer Hose Fire Company in Middletown, reportedly responded to a call at a 55+ community in early February, where he assisted the woman at her residence, according to the Newark Post. Pase is accused of returning to the residence on Thursday, Feb. 18 in his personal vehicle and touching the woman's breast under her blouse, according to Middletown Police Department Sr. Lt. Christine Brenner.
"The elderly victim reported that a male claiming to be from the fire department entered her residence and touched her breast. The victim thought she was allowing a home health care nurse into her residence when she opened the garage door for the male," the Middletown Police Department said in a statement Friday.
Pase was alone and off-duty at the time of the reported incident, according to police. Pase was charged with third-degree unlawful sexual contact. He has since been released from custody and ordered to have no contact with the patient.
The Volunteer Hose Fire Company issued a statement Friday stating that Pase has been suspended pending the investigation.