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EMT Arrested On Staten Island, Accused Of Fondling Patient In Ambulance

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An emergency medical technician has been accused of fondling a woman he was supposed to be helping.

David Taranto, an EMT for the city, was arrested on charges he allegedly groped a female patient last month in the back of an ambulance while she was being transported from the scene of an accident on Staten Island to a hospital.

Taranto was seen Tuesday outside the Staten Island Courthouse. Law enforcement sources told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman that Taranto, 31, put a stethoscope under her blouse and squeezed her breasts. The woman told police she was not seriously hurt yet Taranto she said stayed in the hospital with her for three hours and put her number in his phone. She said he called her for three days until she finally called police.

Taranto was suspended for 30 days without pay. He has been an EMT for seven years and had to sign an order of protection to make bail.

If convicted Taranto could face three months behind bars. He could also lose his license, meaning he would never work again as an EMT.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • MedicBlack

    As a medic for 911 when dealing with patients you have to show concern for their privacy and that not only deals with their name and medical history. It has to do with their gender. Being male I have had many female patients with chest pains or other complaints which would constitute either having a female open their shirt or moving it side to side. That being said there is a respectful way to do anything and everything. I’ve had patients who were selfconcious position the stethoscope where it should be by showing them where it should go or even as far as to take a minute and explain where the EKG electrodes would be placed. 99.99% of females have no problem with the placement of the EKG and never would there be an issue if you explain what you are doing.
    To grope someone is an issue and obviously if these allegations are true this gentelman has problems and needs to seek help.
    First day of emt school they teach you how to place your hands so that the patient patient or bystanders wouldn’t think you are doing something inappropriate because let’s face it. We do this job to help people and not hurt them.
    There are always bad apples on each barrel. Let’s hope this person isn’t a bad apple and of he is he won’t be hurting anyone else in need of ema.

  • sc341

    What an assh*le!

  • Barry Levine

    I can understand the titty touching part because I would do that myself if I had the chance, but, when a guy takes a babes number without her giving it to him that shows a problem. He should have understood at the first phone call that the babe was not interested in going out with him and just deleted her number.

    I admit to being a deviate as are many men of the cloth, attorneys, and politicians, but at least I understand when a female says, “If you are looking to have sex with someone go do your mom”.

  • JP

    I am a recently resigned EMT from the FDNY and have to say the people working that job are in my opinion nothing more than criminals.
    in my experience I came across alot of former coworkers that could barley read and most everyone I worked with was lazy and had no idea what they where doing.
    It was hands down the most embarrassing service I have ever been associated with. There is no reason for them to wear the FDNY patch that the firefighters have worked so hard to wear.

  • fd fireman

    what an idiot!!! LOL


    3 hours? There is no possible way he could have been in the ER for 3 hours without a supervisor having come to look for him long before hand. That part of the story is unequivocal BS.

    I suspect there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye.

  • Tim Symons

    It comes down to she said, he said in most cases. Unfortunately it can be very hard to defend yourself in these type situations, maybe cameras in the back of the rigs is the way to go.

  • Truth

    Was a little feel worth it? I doubt it was his first time. He would have gotten away with it if he didn’t stalk her. I guess he can feel up his own boobies at home when he gets fired. He’ll probably join the NYPD now :O)

  • Arty

    She said it happened , so it MUST be true. EMT means Examine My Tits , eh ?

    • Examine My Tosshie

      and I thought it meant Examine My Tooshie…lol

  • Bell Toller

    Hes being framed

  • medic wife

    ah as the wife of a medic, I hate to tell you he has to put a stethoscope under her blouse. Squeezing her breasts is that’s what happened is wrong that’s for sure as was calling her. But he shouldnt be faulted for the first thing..thats how it goes

  • ladies man

    grabbing a tit is always a good way to introduce yourself.

  • John

    Another one trying to make money.

  • Pest

    She must have been super hot!!

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