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Four firefighters are being investigated for an alleged sexual assault of a female firefighter at a DC firehouse, officials say.
The firehouse where the alleged incident occurred at Engine #1 which is located on the 2200 block of M Street, N.W. Two firefighters and two supervisors have been placed on administrative duties. The female firefighter is from the same unit as the four that are being investigated, officials say.
D.C. Police say that a report for a misdemeanor sex abuse at 2200 M Street NW was filed on May 31. The incident occurred around midnight.
The police report shows that the accuser reported that “she was asleep at the Firehouse when she felt someone touched her inner thigh.”
In a statement from the President of the DC Fire Fighters Association, Edward C. Smith said, “We are watching this situation closely and are concerned anytime there are such allegations. Local 36 represents all of the firefighters and urges the department to conduct a thorough investigation in a timely manner that is fair to all.”
D.C. police are conducting a sexual assault investigation which allegedly took place inside a firehouse.
The alleged victim is a female firefighter who says she was inappropriately touched while she slept early Friday morning at the 2225 M Street firehouse in Northwest D.C.
A police report reveals the victim says she felt an unknown suspect touching her inner thigh which woke her up.
The D.C. fire department is also conducting its own internal investigation to find out if the female firefighter’s report of the alleged incident to her immediate supervisors was then passed on to police and administrators within the fire department in a timely manner.
Four firefighters have been placed on administrative duties pending the result of the investigation.
The alleged victim remains on the job.
Local 36, which represent the firefighters involved, issued this statement:
“We are watching this situation closely and are concerned anytime there are such allegations. Local 36 represents all of the firefighters and urges the department to conduct a thorough investigation in a timely manner that is fair to all.”
Four District of Columbia firefighters were placed on leave Monday while authorities investigate the sexual assault of a female firefighter inside a D.C. station.
The alleged assault happened at a fire station at 2225 M Street NW. Sources tell ABC7′s Jay Korff that the assault happened last Thursday.
MPD officials say the victim claims she was touched by unknown men while she was asleep.
D.C. Fire and EMS officials said in a statement that four firefighters have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
The firefighters on administrative duty won’t have contact with the general public.
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