The case of the former American Medical Response paramedic who Hamden Police say sexually assaulted a 22-year-old Hamden woman on Christmas morning 2011 will go to trial next month.
According to the state Judicial Website, Mark Powell, 51, of North Haven, will face a jury on Sept. 16 in New Haven Superior Court. He is being represented by Attorney Norm Pattis.
Powell was arrested Jan. 5, 2012 for the attack that allegedly occurred the morning of Dec. 25, 2011, when police say he sexually molesting a patient in the back of an ambulance.
The woman had been injured earlier at a Christmas party and when she was being transported to the hospital, Powell pinched the woman's breast and manupilated her vagina with his finger in an attempt to wake her up, according to police. The woman woke up during the assault, police said, but was unable to speak or move because she was strapped to a stretcher.
Powell later admitted doing the acts, according to police. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court, and his case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court, where more serious cases are heard. There he pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint.