Mayor defends fire company’s choice of sex offender as chief

From Pennsylvania comes the story of a small town mayor who is standing by the choice of a registered sex offender to be the town’s fire chief.

Chief Roger Gilbert Jr. was convicted in 2001 of sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old girl and is listed in the state’s Megan’s Law database, The (Corry) Journal reported Saturday . Court records show Gilbert is a felon who completed a five- to 10-year sentence for “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.”Mayor Ann Louise Wagner says she and firefighters have been aware that Gilbert, an unpaid volunteer with the department since 2010, is a sex offender. He was just elected to his second term.

Good for the mayor and the fire department.
Read more here.

Update: Gilbert has reportedly resigned his position after public scrutiny.

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