Three Nashville firefighters accused of paying for sex and having women strip at a local firehouse resigned Thursday as the fire department and Metro police continue their investigation of the allegations.
Quincy Corbitt, Kerry Sales and Jason Copeland resigned, while Capt. James Overton remains under investigation. Another firefighter, Darrin Bell, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Evidence showed that most likely these allegations did occur on multiple occasions, at least three times that we know of, at (Fire Station 24 on Clarksville Highway),” said Deputy Fire Chief Kim Lawson. “Obviously, it’s awful. We think that it’s very disrespectful to the citizens in that area, disrespectful to the Nashville Fire Department, to their co-workers and to the people they work for: Metro government.”
This incident came to light in late August when Metro police responded to General Hospital in regard to a woman who believed that she may have been drugged after visiting the Antioch home of Copeland.
In addition, the 23-year-old told officers that she and two friends had actually been to a fire hall on at least one occasion when Copeland was present to strip for money. There were also allegations of a woman or women performing sex acts for money.
Days later, during a police interview with Copeland, detectives learned that he was being extorted by a friend of the 23-year-old woman.
Copeland reported that he was called by suspected gang member Ray Dontrell Johnson, 26, and told that there would be “blood” if Copeland did not leave $500 at the Clarksville Pike Pizza Hut.
Copeland’s employment was also allegedly threatened by the disclosure of his relationship with the 23-year-old.
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