Kentucky Firefighter Charged With Sexual Abuse of Colleague

A Kentucky firefighter has been fired from one department and suspended without pay from a second after he was accused of having unwanted sexual contact with a colleague in the firehouse. Elijah Mays was arrested earlier this week, hours after he allegedly assaulted a female colleague inside the Ludlow Fire Department’s firehouse on Oak Street.

According to Cincinnati.com, Mays was a part-time lieutenant with the Ludlow Fire Department, and a new-hire career firefighter with the Erlanger Fire Department. He was charged Monday with first-degree sexual abuse. Mays has been terminated by the Ludlow Fire Department, and suspended without pay from the Erlanger Fire Department.

Mays was released on home confinement on March 24, 2020. He is scheduled to be back in court May 12, 2020. More on the story.

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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