Police: NYC paramedic had sex with teen girl

(AP) - Police on Long Island have arrested aNew York City Fire Department paramedic on charges he had sex witha teenage girl younger than 17.

Joel Pierce pleaded not guilty Monday to third degree rape andengaging in a criminal sex act. He also was charged with childendangerment.

He was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail; it was not immediatelyclear if he was released.

Pierce, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter in GreatNeck, on Long Island, was represented by an attorney from LegalAid. The agency has a policy of not commenting on pending cases.

Nassau County police declined to describe details, citingconcerns about identifying the victim of a sex crime.

An FDNY spokesman says the 14-year veteran has been suspendedwithout pay.

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