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Connecticut Paramedic Rejects Plea Deal in Alleged Ambulance Sex Assault

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Paramedic Mark Powell, who is accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious ambulance patient, has turned down a plea deal that would have involved prison time and is headed for a trial, his attorney said Friday during a brief Superior Court hearing.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Doyle told Judge Roland Fasano that negotiations with defense attorney Norm Pattis had not led to a resolution.

“We’re not willing to consider a period of incarceration,” Pattis said.

Fasano continued the case to June 22 for another pretrial session. The trial probably won’t happen until sometime next year, according to Pattis.

Powell, 49, of North Haven, is charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint for allegedly touching the breast and genitals of a 22-year-old during the ambulance ride Christmas morning of last year.

The complainant reportedly got drunk at a party in Hamden, then fell and hit her head while she was dancing. An American Medical Response ambulance was summoned.

The woman told police she awoke during the ride and discovered Powell was touching her. Powell has said he was trying to “elicit a response from or awake the female,” according to the Hamden police warrant.

Pattis has said Powell’s words were misrepresented by the police.

Powell, who is free because he posted $25,000 bail, wore a tie to Friday’s session. He did not speak as he stood beside Pattis. After his arrest, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job.

In the courthouse elevator with Powell after court adjourned, Pattis said the state had offered a sentence in the range of five years.

Pattis said it would be inappropriate for Powell to serve time, “given all the good he has done for his community.”

“We look forward to a trial,” Pattis added.

Powell declined to talk about the situation.