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UPDATE: Felony Charges Not Filed Against Brookville Firefighter Accused of Sexual Relationship with Minor
BROOKVILLE -- A grand jury has not approved felony charges against Joshua Rawlins. Rawlins was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl.
Prosecutors say they will still file misdemeanor charges of sexual imposition.
Currently, Rawlins is on administrative leave.
BROOKVILLE -- A firefighter is in hot water after being arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Brookville Fire Chief Douglas Jerome says he got a tip from a concerned citizen on Friday night, that one of his guys was having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Police say the suspect and victim know each other through the fire department.
Brookville firefighter Joshua Rawlins, 25, is on administrative leave. He was arrested Sunday for sexual battery and sexual imposition.
"It's very disappointing because the fire department does have such a reputation of excellence. It's disappointing for all of us. It's disappointing for the fire department. They're concerned of this influencing their reputation because they are a great fire department," Jerome said.
Police say Rawlins has been a part-time firefighter with the department for several years, with no previous incidents. In fact, he was the Firefighter of the Year in 2012.
"We've never had any police interaction with him. Nothing negative. It's always been positive. So this is a surprise for all of us," Chief Jerome said.
Rawlins got out on $50,000 bond the same night he was arrested, so we went to his home to ask for comment. No one came to the door. However Brookville residents had plenty to say about the firefighter's sex charges.
"I think it's awful. I think he should be hung. It's awful but it's everywhere," said Brookville resident Robert Clear.
Police won't go into detail about the extent of Rawlins' sexual relationship with the 16-year-old girl except to say both were associated with the Brookville Fire Department.
"I don't think he should have ever been that close to her to have that type of relationship," said Brookville resident Jamee Corey.
Police say Rawlins is also a firefighter with several other departments including Trotwood, Butler Township and Clayton. He next appears in court Tuesday morning.
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