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Vernon EMT arrested for child pornography

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

More details have emerged involving a Vernon EMS, who was placed on unpaid leave after being arrested on a charge of having child pornography.

On April 10, 2009, Corey MacDonald, 28, was arrested on a voyeurism charge for spying on a roommate with a video camera, while he was living in West Hartford, according to court documents.

"The camera was positioned in her bedroom on top of a small bin and a blanket was positioned over it to conceal it," court documents said.

During that time, MacDonald was working for the AMR ambulance service.

"Corey tried to explain that he had placed the camera in her room to try and catch her dogs defecating on the apartment floor," court documents said.

Court documents stated that MacDonald posted pictures of his former roommate's chest to his Facebook page. The former roommate, who wished not to be identified, said she saved the pictures and gave them to police.

"MacDonald also tried to explain that the close-up pictures of her chest were what all guys do."

According to court documents, he pled guilty to a lesser charge to reckless endangerment, which is a misdemeanor. By accepting that charge, MacDonald was put on probation and was still able to become an EMS.

On March 6, MacDonald was arrested at the pool on the Westminster School Campus in Simsbury. He was charged with third-degree illegal possession of child pornography.

West Hartford officers said they also found 13 photos of naked children in sexually explicit positions on MacDonald's computer. He told police that they "were only the type found at nudist colonies and not child pornography."

That evidence was turned over to the state's forensic lab, but according to court documents, the evidence went essentially ignored until July of last year.

"State Laboratory Personnel cited the fact that Corey MacDonald's case in Hartford, CT Superior Court has been disposed of as the reason for not forensically examining the computers," court documents said.

Police said MacDonald is an employee of the company, which manages the pool. He was not teaching a class at the time of the arrest and was cooperative when police arrested him.

The Simsbury Police Department picked up MacDonald for the West Hartford Police Department.

The head of Vernon Fire-EMS said MacDonald is a stellar employee, and this comes as a shock.

The town of Bloomfield also confirms that for two years MacDonald was assistant chief of its EMS unit, until he resigned three months ago for personal reasons.

Eyewitness News went to MacDonald's home to see if he wanted to comment, but no one answered the door.

Eyewitness News spoke with MacDonald's former roommate and she said was so traumatized, she changed in her closet for two years and could not go to bathrooms in public places.

"I begged the courts to punish him more severely so he wouldn't be able to practice as an EMT and victimize others who would trust him with their life and loved ones," she told Eyewitness News. "I hope this arrest will be his last and his punishment severe, for he has hurt the most innocent of all victims the children."

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