A jury has found that a Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is not liable to a former junior firefighter for sexual assaults that allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2007. The federal court jury also found that Old Forge Borough and two former police officers were not liable to the 23-year old victim identified only as Jane Doe.
The jury did find that former Old Forge firefighter Walter Chiavacci was liable to Doe for $20,000. Doe filed suit in 2012 accusing Old Forge Fire Chief Lawrence A. Semenza, 48, firefighter James Krenitsky, 34 and firefighter Chiavacci, 47, of engaging in various sexual activities with the victim between 2004 and 2007, when she was a junior firefighter.
Chief Semenza also served as the police chief in Old Forge and Krenitsky was a police captain. According to WNEP, all three men served jail time over their involvement in the case.
Here was the original Fire Law story on the suit, including Jane Doe’s complaint.