Springfield woman sues medic, others in alleged ambulance assault

Samuel Conkel

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Samuel Conkel

A woman who said she was assaulted in the back of an ambulance while she was sedated has sued the ambulance company, the employees who were allegedly involved and the nursing home she was being taken to.

The woman reported that the incident occurred in December, 2015. The woman was returning from a hospital to Southbrook Health Care Center by way of a First Care Ohio ambulance when she said she was attacked. Prosecutors originally charged an EMT with the ambulance company, Samuel Conkel, of Beavercreek, with sexual imposition. However, that charge was dismissed in October and he was recharged with aggravated assault.

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Clark County Common Pleas records indicate Conkel pleaded guilty to the assault charge. Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill’s office said Conkel is going through an evaluation before he is sentenced. He is currently out of jail on an own recognizance bond.

Another man, Matthew Biscoe, is named in the suit. The woman’s suit claims he was the driver of the ambulance and failed to check on her and therefore neglected her that night.

Defendants and attorney’s representing the defendants in the case could not be reached for comment. Multiple phone calls were not returned and messages were not responded to.

The attorney for the victim said she is still suffering and compensation will help her move on from the incident.

“She is still going through and trying to process all of this and this is something that is probably not going to resolve itself anytime soon,” Dayton attorney Mary Ellen Connelly said.

Connelly said the woman still has mental anguish from the incident and chose not to appear during Conkel’s court hearings because it was too difficult.

She said she feels all defendants involved in the suit are responsible for what occurred that night.

“She was outside for half an hour and no body did anything and no one checked her,” Connelly said.

A next court date has not been scheduled for the case.

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