A fire chief has retired and a deputy chief was terminated in the aftermath of a sex scandal in the Cascade Township (MI) Fire Department that led to criminal charges against two other firefighters.
Fire Chief John Sigg retired and Deputy Fire Chief John Shipley was terminated last Friday by Cascade Township Manager Ben Swayze following a review into the department’s Explorer program. Swayze told reporters that the review found deficiencies in policies and procedures within the program.
Earlier this year, firefighters Clem Bell, 51, and Steven Drake, 32, were charged with felony child sexually abusive activity and possession of child sexually abusive material. They reportedly had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was part of the Explorer program. Bell is accused of producing child sexually abusive material of the girl.