Police arrested four firefighters allegedly involved in an attempted sexual assault at Fallston Volunteer Fire Company in Fallston, Maryland. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrests on Tuesday (12 December).
According to online court records, police charged the men with various sexual assault offenses against a 17-year-old man who was a former member of the volunteer company.
Andrew Burkins, 21, John Hefner, 20, and Colby Ogrysko, 19, are all charged with attempted first- and second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, harassment, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a third-degree sex offense.
They are being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.
Authorities served the fourth man, Joshua Burkins, 22, a criminal summons charging him with telephone misuse and harassment.
According to WBAL TV, the victim, who began working at the station a year ago, was reluctant to speak up for fear of retaliation.
He allegedly faced various comments about his body and sexuality.
In one incident, Hefner and Burkins reportedly held the victim down on a bunk against his will. Then, he said they used a number of objects to sexually assault him.
The ongoing harassment occurred between June and November 2017.
Fallston volunteer fire Chief Will Rosenberg made a statement about the incidents: ‘Our very assertive posture will continue, as we remain vigilant in rooting out and removing anyone from our ranks who engages in illegal, immoral or unethical behavior. It simply will not be tolerated, everyone is accountable.’
The volunteer company consequently suspended the four men.
H/t: The Baltimore Sun