Austin Fire Lieutenant Accused of Secret Recording of Women In Firehouse Locker Room

A lieutenant with the Austin Fire Department is being investigated for placing hidden recording equipment in a women’s locker room at a city firehouse. Neither the officer nor the station have been identified but the department has confirmed the lieutenant has retired.

The Austin Police Department’s special investigations unit is investigating the possibility of bringing criminal charges against the lieutenant.

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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