Detroit paramedic accused of arranging sex with 14-year-old girl

Photo by Steve Neavling.
Photo by Steve Neavling.

A Detroit paramedic who was honored for saving the life of a child in 2014 is accused of trying to have sex with a minor.

Mark Astalos

Authorities said 40-year-old Mark Astalos thought he was meeting up with a 14-year-old girl for sex in Harrison Township last week.¬†But when he arrived, he was arrested by Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies and charged Friday with possession of child pornography and using a computer to commit a crime.

Astalos, who earns about $50,000 a year, believed he was texting and e-mailing the girl’s mother to set up a sexual encounter and even sent a photo of himself in an EMS uniform, the sheriff’s office said.

Astalos was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • banmar

    If I was 14 and this man was going to be my first sexual experience, I might take those vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to become a cloistered nun. Good God, I’m more than three times the “bait’s” age, and that thing ain’t getting between my legs.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Their going to love him in Prison.

  • How can a grown man even get it up with a 14 year old?
    If he tried to hook up then fuck him. He’s a punk.