Daily Times, Primos, Pa.
Sep. 9—BROOKHAVEN — An emergency medical technician accused of photographing a woman’s breasts in an ambulance after pulling up her sports bra was held for trial on all charges following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Georgia L. Stone.
Kevin H. Pressley, 24, of the 5900 block of Latona Street in Philadelphia, was also preliminarily arraigned Thursday on new gun charges for allegedly possessing two handguns with obliterated serial numbers.
The judge heard from the alleged victim in the photographing incident Thursday, who said she was feeling unwell on the afternoon of Aug. 25 and had friends take her to the Med Express medical facility in the 4800 block of Edgmont Avenue.
The woman said she felt dizzy and lightheaded, and a treating physician at the facility called for an ambulance to take her to a hospital. Brookhaven ambulance 52B arrived and accessed the patient in the facility, then loaded the woman into the ambulance on a stretcher.
She told Assistant District Attorney Daniel Kerley that two men were initially in the back of the ambulance with her and she answered some questions about her health but was barely able to keep her eyes open. One of the men walked around to drive the ambulance and left her alone in the back with the other, who she identified in court as Pressley.
Pressley allegedly used a stethoscope on the woman three times, first on her side, then pulling her T-shirt down, and finally pulling her shirt and sports bra up toward her chin, exposing her breasts. She described the attempts as “not normal” for medical care.
The alleged victim said she was fully conscious the whole time, but had her eyes closed. She said she opened them to see Pressley holding a phone above her chest in an apparent attempt to take pictures.
“I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Nothing,’ and then he put his cellphone down,” the woman said.
The alleged victim said she remained quiet the rest of the ride because she feared Pressley may harm her if she said anything, but spoke to the driver about the incident upon being wheeled into the emergency room hallway at Crozer Chester Medical Center.
On cross-examination by defense attorney Troy Crichton, the woman said Pressley had touched her breasts as he removed her bra, but not after. She said Pressley did not say anything except for when she asked what he was doing and guessed he may have been a little startled that she was awake.
Stone also heard from Brookhaven Officer Ryan Eastman, who said Pressley admitted to the woman’s accusations during a recorded interview in Brookhaven Borough Hall on Aug. 27, after he turned himself in to police for questioning.
“He said that in a perverted nature, he lifted up her sports bra and took a picture of the bare breasts of the victim,” said Eastman.
Eastman added that the alleged victim said Pressley had touched her breasts when he lifted her bra.
An affidavit of probable cause states that Pressley went into a bathroom in the hospital and deleted the photos from his phone after being confronted by the alleged victim.
Pressley is charged with indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault of a person unconscious, indecent assault of a person with mental disability, indecent assault without consent of other and invasion of privacy, all misdemeanors, as well as summary harassment and disorderly conduct charges.
In arguing to dismiss the charges, Crichton began to say that Pressley was conducting a medical examination when the judge cut him off.
“No, he was not,” said Stone. “No. Move on.”
Crichton continued that there was no evidence of forcible compulsion or mental disability and that the charge of indecent assault with an unconscious person should be dismissed because the alleged victim said she was actually awake.
Kerley argued that last charge only requires the defendant to believe the other person is unaware and that the alleged victim was clearly in a diminished mental capacity at the time due to her illness. The forcible compulsion element was met by Pressley allegedly lifting the bra, Kerley added.
Pressley will be formally arraigned on those charges Oct. 5 at the county courthouse in Media.
The other case
The defendant was also preliminarily arraigned on two counts each of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number and altering or obliterating a serial number, all felonies of the second degree.
According to an affidavit of probable cause for those charges written by Eastman and county Detective Dave Tyler, Pressley asked investigators to retrieve his Glock handgun from his automobile after he was taken into custody on the indecent assault charges Aug 27.
Investigators found a fully loaded Glock 17 in a magnetic holster under the steering wheel, according to the affidavit, but noticed the serial numbers on the slide and lower receiver had been obliterated.
During a Sept. 1 interview, Pressley allegedly said he obliterated the serial numbers on the Glock and a Taurus G3C with the intention of selling them to two people ineligible to possess firearms.
Pressley allegedly made arrangements for those sales via Instagram but ultimately decided not to go through with them. He used tools he ordered from Amazon to remove the serial numbers after researching how to do it, the affidavit says.
Pressley also directed investigators to a Philadelphia apartment where the Taurus was being kept, the affidavit says. A man at that residence allowed police to look through two duffel bags as described by Pressley, and they located the Taurus with obliterated serial numbers on its slide and receiver, according to the affidavit.
Both handguns were purchased together from a dealer on July 11, according to the affidavit. The licensed dealer was also interviewed and said he would not and did not sell a firearm with an obliterated serial number, the affidavit says.
Pressley remains in custody at the county jail in Concord on $100,000 cash bail in the assault case. Crichton asked Thursday that bail be reduced or at least altered to 10% for both cases so that his client has even a hope of posting.
Judge Stone did not reduce bail in the initial case and said she would not give a 10% modifier for the second because it involves firearms. She set bail at $200,000 cash for the gun case and scheduled a preliminary hearing on those charges for Sept. 29.
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