Battling blazes aren’t the only times firefighters get hot: Wild sex may be rampant in one city’s fire stations.
And of course that city is Las Vegas.
Fire station sex is prohibited in Las Vegas, but a fire captain has been arrested in connection with allegedly bringing a 15-year-old prostitute into his firehouse for sex.
In the wake of that arrest, a former woman emergency medical technician decried the captain being made a scapegoat, insisting sex is commonplace in Las Vegas Fire Department stations, according to a local newspaper.
And she should know. She is quoted as saying that she personally had more than 50 sex encounters with at least seven firefighters at fire stations.
Things have gotten so heated up over the issue that the Las Vegas fire chief announced plans Thursday “to install surveillance cameras and limit visitation at all 20 stations to prevent sexual misconduct within the department,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Misconduct of any kind is not tolerated,” Chief William McDonald told a news conference covered by the paper. “There is a zero tolerance in Las Vegas Fire and Rescue for this kind of behavior. We all take the allegations very seriously, and I promise you that each allegation we receive will be thoroughly investigated.”
According to the paper, “McDonald scheduled the news conference shortly after the Las Vegas Review-Journal inquired about the claims of a former EMT who told the newspaper that sex is commonplace at Las Vegas Fire Department stations, even though department policies prohibit it.”
The paper said the chief previously “had rejected interview requests from the Review-Journal about the recent arrest of Capt. Richard Loughry, who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old prostitute inside Station 47. Loughry faces eight felony charges.”
According to the Review-Journal, a man named Gino Miller is “accused of forcing the girl into prostitution just days before her firehouse encounter,” and he is being held by the feds without bail on suspicion of sex trafficking of children and coercion and enticement.
Loughry in his arrest report supposedly told a detective that the sex tryst wasn’t all that unusual, as he “has brought females to the fire station where he works to have sex on a few occasions.”
That arrest apparently triggered the EMT’s subsequent allegations of firehouse sex.
“After learning about Loughry’s arrest, former Las Vegas resident Mallissa Barthule told the Review-Journal she had more than 50 sexual encounters at fire stations with at least seven firemen over the course of several years,” the paper reported, saying Barthule provided evidence of her sex encounters that included text and Facebook messages and journal entries. According to the Review-Journal, she said she only came forward because she though Loughry was unfairly being made to be a scapegoat.“You can’t throw one person to the wolves and let everyone else watch,” Barthule was quoted by the paper as saying. “They know this is going on. They should treat the problem equally and fairly.”
EMT workers are usually civilians providing medical assistance in the field from private ambulances.
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