Utah Assistant Chief Charged With Raping Subordinate

An assistant fire chief with the Kanosh Fire Department has been charged with rape, sex abuse and sexual battery after a firefighter reported he had been sexually assaulting her at work over a three-year period. Austin James Corry, 26, was charged with rape, object rape, forcible sex abuse, and sexual battery.

The victim reported the chief following an assault that occurred on August 20, 2018 in the station’s locker room following a run. She had begun activating an audio recorder on her cellphone when she encountered Corry. According to the charging document the encounter captured the victim “repeatedly telling Corry ‘no,’ and to ‘stop,’ but he ignores her and continues to sexually assault her.”

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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