PA Chief Arrested With Minor

A Pennsylvania fire chief has been removed from office following his arrest last night. Chief Aaron Powell, 46, of the Versailles Volunteer Fire Company, was charged with public lewdness and corruption of a minor after he was caught with a 17-year old girl engaging in sexual activities.

The fire company’s Facebook page had the following post:

In light of the recent allegations the Versailles Volunteer Fire Company must inform you as of this morning said fire chief who was been accused of illegal actions was removed from office and is no longer affiliated with the department. The assistant chief will take over until the new year. In no way does the recent events reflect what the Versailles Fire Company and its members stand for. Any actions by any member out side of the company has nothing to do with the operations of the company. We will be moving forward and continue to serve the Boro of Versailles and surrounding communities.


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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