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Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 3 Year Old In NJ Firehouse

The mystery surrounding the closure of a Leonia, New Jersey firehouse last week to all but emergency activities has been solved with the arrest of an 18 year old man described a developmentally challenged who has been charged with sexually assaulting a 3 year old boy inside a station.

On Friday, Darius E. Levine was charged with second-degree sexual assault by sexual contact. He allegedly engaged in “inappropriate sexual activity with a 3-year-old male acquaintance”. The child told his father what occurred which led to a major investigation by police and prosecutors.

Levine remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. His mother was quoted by as saying “He didn’t understand what he was doing. That’s the only thing I can think of.”  She said Levine used to frequent the fire station, but was not a member of the Leonia Fire Department.

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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.