[Ed. – Not clear what the town’s concern is.]
A registered sex offender has been re-elected as the volunteer fire chief of a small Pennsylvania town, stirring outrage as the Mayor stands by him.
Chief Roger Gilbert Jr. of Spartansburg was convicted of sexual intercourse with a four-year-old girl in 2001 and completed a five to 10 year sentence for ‘involuntary deviate sexual intercourse’.
Since then Gilbert, 43, joined Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department in 2010 and was recently re-elected to the position of fire chief for a second term, sparking outrage.
The news has stirred an online outcry demanding Gilbert be removed from the position.
The victim’s mother also says Gilbert should not be in any position where he can interact with children.
Despite the critics, the town mayor Ann Louise Wagner supports Gilbert in his post.
Wagner said she and the volunteer firefighting department are aware of Gilbert’s history, who is unpaid for the volunteer position.
‘I support the fire department and their decision to have him as chief,” Wagner told The Corry Journal.