Bridgeport police investigating sexual assault allegations against fire department member

Officials say a woman reported the incident Thursday morning involving her daughter and a member of the Bridgeport Fire Department.

News 12 Staff

Feb 17, 2022, 7:55 PM

Updated 823 days ago

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Bridgeport police are investigating a report that a city fire department member sexually assaulted a female.
Officials say a woman reported the incident Thursday morning involving her daughter and a member of the Bridgeport Fire Department.
Police are investigating a high-ranking member of the Bridgeport Fire Department for potential involvement or actions in allegations being made involving the sexual assault of the female.
The acting fire chief has placed the high-ranking member of the fire department on administrative leave while this criminal investigation is being conducted.
The acting fire chief said he has tried to get in contact with this member but has not been successful. No arrests have been made.
There has been growing scrutiny of police handling of cases in the city following the deaths of Lauren Smith-Fields and Brenda Lee Rawls.
"These matters involving any victim, but especially in this case and in any case when you have a woman or a woman of color who has been victimized or allegedly victimized, we stand with you we stand behind you to protect you as we should have a police department, as a fire department, as an administration," said Mayor Joe Ganim.
Officials have not confirmed the name of the high-ranking member of the fire department.
The president of the local fire department's union says this incident warrants a thorough and complete investigation and cautions against any rush to judgment.


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