Man Who Raped 4-Year-Old Girl Gets Elected As Town's Fire Chief

The Spartansburg fire chief was convicted for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Spartansburg, PA - Spartansburg's fire chief was just elected to his second term, despite his conviction for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

In 2001, Roger Gilbert Jr., now 43, was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old girl.

Gilbert was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, according to The Corry Journal. The convicted felon is currently registered as a tier 3 sex offender in the state's Megan's Law database.

He has been an unpaid volunteer firefighter with the fire department since 2010, despite his criminal history.

Mayor Ann Louise Wagner says that despite Gilbert's past, she supports having a fire chief who previously raped a 4 year old.

“I support the fire department and their decision to have him as chief,” Wagner told The Corry Journal. “The firemen have always elected their own officers and that’s how it’s always been done. We don’t question their decisions.”

Gilbert spoke to the Journal and told them that having sex with a preschooler was a "mistake" and he's moved past it.

“That was 20 years ago,” Gilbert said. “You know, the story you are telling kids is once you make [a] mistake, you will be punished for the rest of your life. I’ve changed my life for the better. Every day I get up and try to do good.”

KDKA reports that the state police said that there are no laws that prevent child rapists from serving in locally elected positions.

Do you think that convicted sex offenders should be allowed to be firefighters? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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JBo
JBo

You're not the victim here Gilbert. That child that you raped is the victim and will be for the rest of her life. Your statement , "...having sex with a preschooler was a "mistake" and he's moved past it..." was beyond stupid and classless. So glad you moved past it (sarcasm intended) but the wreckage in human lives you left in your wake hasn't. For a fire department to knowingly elect someone like this indicates to me that maybe all the personnel should be investigated.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Complete agreement with JBo! The volunteer firefighters and the damn mayor didn't take the VICTIM'S well being into consideration! Has that, now 24 year old gotten past the trauma? The parents?

Janet
Janet

He has moved past it but I'll bet the victim hasn't.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

all, and i mean, ALL PERSONNEL HAS TO BE INVESTIGATED. what you did to that little girl, doesnt that matter???? she was 4 yr. old--so you needed to have sex with a child??? i cant believe that. that is unbelievable. and now, you are a fire chief---what did you have to do to get that job???

Jmo
Jmo

He should still be in jail is where he should be I can't believe they let him out she was 4 years old for goodness sake what kind of society is this.