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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Despite criticism, Spartansburg Mayor Ann Louise Wagner is standing behind her decision to uphold the re-election of Roger Gilbert Jr. as the small Pennsylvania town’s fire chief, despite Gilbert’s status as a registered sex offender, according to CBS Local.
In 2001, Chief Gilbert was convicted of sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl. He is currently listed in the state’s Megan’s Law database. (The New York Times had erroneously stated that Gilbert had pleaded guilty to the crime and later issued a correction on their report.) He had completed a five-to-10-year prison sentence and is considered a felon for the crime of “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.”
Gilbert was elected for a second term for the unpaid volunteer position. The other firefighters serving in the town are aware of Gilbert’s criminal history and have been since 2010.
“I assist the hearth division and their determination to have him as chief …
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A man from Georgia has been charged with the beating death of his 3-year-old stepson. Joshua Richards, 21, was arrested on Sunday after the child, Brentley Gore, died as a result of blunt force trauma, NBC 11Alive reports. Gore was injured days earlier, on Tuesday, and fought for his young life until he succumbed to the skull fractures. His mom called police after noticing bruising on the toddler.
“There was some swelling around the eyes, some bruising that showed up on the forehead,” Villa Rica Police Captain Keith Shaddix said.
Richards, son of Carollton Police Chief Josh Richards, is accused of being the one who hurt and ultimately killed Gore. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police believe the mother was sleeping in the other room when he allegedly attacked the child. Prosecutors believe he used a belt as a weapon.
“He denies any sort of abuse, he does admit to
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