Virginia Firefighter Pleads in Fire Station Sex Case

A Virginia firefighter has pled guilty to reduced charges in a sexual assault case involving a minor firefighter.

Matthew Thomas Jones, a firefighter with the Read Mountain Fire and Rescue, pled guilty Monday to two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was originally charged with rape and sodomy.

The incident allegedly took place last November at Read Mountain Fire and Rescue’s headquarters station. Jones is 26 and the victim is a minor.

A Botetourt Circuit Court judge sentenced Jones to 1 year in prison, but suspended six months of the term. Jones will also be required to undergo counseling and pay $1,000 in restitution.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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