Convicted Sex Offender Re-Elected As Fire Chief Steps Down Amid Controversy

This week, Roger Gilbert Jr. made national headlines after he was re-elected as a small Pennsylvania town’s fire chief, despite the fact that Gilbert has been a registered sex offender, according to CBS Local. In 2001, Chief Gilbert was convicted of sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl.

Now, Gilbert has announced that he is stepping down amidst the controversy. He said that he and his family are receiving death threats.

Gilbert told JET 24, “My family and our community are being attacked. I didn’t want that to continue.  All I have done for 18 years is good things. But outsiders are tearing us up. I felt the best thing to do was back away.”

He’s not only resigning as the fire chief but from the fire department completely.

“It seems you can never do wrong and do good again.”

Gilbert, 43, was elected for a second term for the position, which is unpaid

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