Facing Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Old Lyme EMT Quits

Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall


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OLD LYME — A part-time EMT employed by the Town of Old Lyme, who is alleged to have verbally and physically harassed a woman in a sexual manner, resigned his position with the Old Lyme Ambulance Association rather than being put on leave. 

The allegations, which were referred to the Connecticut State Police, are not being investigated as a criminal matter, according to the Public Information Office of the Connecticut State Police. The office did acknowledge that a complaint was referred to the State Police by the Old Lyme Police Department on March 18.

“Preliminary information indicates that CSP personnel were advised of a complaint involving one or more town employees, which was referred to Town Hall for administrative review,” State Police explained in an email in response to a number of queries by CT Examiner. 

In response to a Freedom of Information request by CT Examiner, the office replied that there would be no documentation forthcoming to the request given that the matter was an internal workplace investigation. 

Asked to clarify the place and nature of the alleged incident, as well as any steps the town was taking to address the issue, First Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker replied in an email, “Since this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment on the matter.”

A number of attempts to reach the Old Lyme Police Department on Thursday and Friday, in person and by phone, were unsuccessful.