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