Teacher alleges assault by paramedic

Larissa Cahute, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A local teacher vividly remembers a paramedic's hands on her breast as she lay in the back of an ambulance partly conscious, she told the court Tuesday.

She remembered the paramedic lifting her shirt up and exposing her right breast.

"I thought maybe he had seen something -- but it's when he took a hold of my nipple, I thought, 'This isn't part of the exam,'" the woman said.

Shawn Doyle pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault.

Suffering from a reaction to penicillin on April 20, 2010, the woman was immobile with pain and unable to speak.

She rushed to hospital, but overcome with pain she stopped at a walk-in clinic.

Unable to respond to doctors' questions, or even open her eyes, walk-in staff called an ambulance.

Due to a shortage of local paramedics, paramedic Shawn Doyle and a colleague from Arnprior responded.

The woman was placed in the back of the ambulance with Doyle, while the other drove.

Doyle did routine checks around her legs and stomach, where she was getting a rash.

"At the beginning, he was telling me what he was doing," she said.

"Then he just started checking up around my chest, breast area -- so I thought I had a rash up there too," she said. "(But) when he touched my breast he didn't say it out loud."

Having gone through First Aid training, she knew something wasn't right.

"He started to pull on my nipple and play in that area," she said.

She then remembered him lifting her bra up, exposing both breasts.

"I got really scared -- I wasn't worried about my (pain) anymore."

She said she was worried about being alone with Doyle in the back of the ambulance.

"I didn't want him to realize I knew what he was doing and that I knew it was wrong," she said. "I couldn't move, I couldn't do anything -- I was very scared."

During cross examination, the defence suggested the woman was guessing since she couldn't see at the time or recall the entire incident from over a year ago.

"I'm not guessing about (the touching), but the little details -- I've forgotten them," she said. "I could hear everything going on around me -- I knew what was going on."


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