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.

Comments (51)
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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.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

she was 4 yr old???? unbelievable!! and now, you are a fire chief, who did you have to do something with, to get that job??? i cant believe that you did anything like that, WITH A CHILD!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!! YOU DISGUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Megan.B83
Megan.B83

So he won't mind if I post his face and name all over fb letting everyone k ow that he raped a babe. Ok. I am on that right now.

Deny
Deny

He should have gotten a 3rd eye 20 years ago.

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

HELL NO! This disgusting POS should not be allowed to be anything! He belongs 6 feet under! That poor child will be suffering her entire life. How can the POS work as a firefighter? There will be many calls that include children; isn’t it against the law for a convicted child molester to be near children? I would think that his bethran would like to beat the crap out of him!

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Dam I went to Prison for a verbal threat and can’t volunteer at most places, this guy is a Tier 3 sex offender and he’s a Fire Chief! Something is definitely wrong here!

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

*brethren

EMarie
EMarie

He is still a pedophile. He will always be one and the men who elected him should be ashamed of themselves! What kind of town would allow this? Never want to be around this place.

To the young lady who he violated...God be with you. I know the pain can never stop but don't let it determine the beautiful person you are!

BunnyDee714
BunnyDee714

How could he be elected to anything?

Cordiesays
Cordiesays

What the hell is wrong with people? How could this creep be elected to any public office?!

Josher22
Josher22

Do I think that convicted sex offenders should be allowed to be firefighters?.... I have a feeling I’m not the one to ask that question because I think convicted sex offenders who rape little girls should be put to death, just my opinion

Toadny
Toadny

This guy acts like he is over it. Having sex with a 4 year old is so sick, he should never be in a civil society again....and he says he has served his punishment? What about that poor 4 year old whose entire life was ruined? Chunk of shit.

USMarineMOM
USMarineMOM

He’s moved passed it?!!! That sorry POS!!! I hope you die soon and suffer for all eternity for hurting that poor baby!!! Effin sonofabitch!!!

DaytenMGriffin
DaytenMGriffin

I do not want someone that has been convicted of raping a 4 year old girl to hold a position of power. But I also think people like that are the reason we have the death penalty so...

Slazu
Slazu

these shits do not happen here in Puerto Rico ever firefighter was in fact not in any position in the government neither state nor municipal

GOodGodAreYouSerious
GOodGodAreYouSerious

Good god are you SERIOUS??? COMPLETELY APPALLING!!!

sc29403
sc29403

Wouldn't he have to stay away from children and schools? Would this not prevent him from doing his job? He is allowed to do cpr and mouth to mouth contact with young girls. Pretty creepy even if he is allowed; the whole thing is insane.

Milton
Milton

What kind of firemen would vote for a man who had sex with a 4-year old???? I don't think I'd want this department coming to my house!

GBP
GBP

Who gives a s if it happened 20 years ago this piece of f* garbage needs to be put in the back of a sanitation truck and compacted if he was in Flint town he probably will end up in one of his fires smoked snake

Randy-
Randy-

What about the people of Spartansburg(pop:300) who elected him twice? Also he raped a 4 year old child in 2000. Saying it was 20 years ago is a clever way to minimize the damage/exposure. I think the whole town of Spartansburg is pervert Paradise

lds719
lds719

This is a volunteer fire company. There are lots of criminals within their ranks and the departments are often corrupt. I hope he dies a slow and miserable death in a fire.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

A MISTAKE?? What’s wrong with that mayor..with those firefighters? My God this is really gross and sick!

Cashby
Cashby

That's sick and he shouldn't be nobody with that type of record should be able to hold a public post...period!

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

This sick F@&K looks like a creeper! He should be thrown in jail forever along with that freak mayor! What the hell is wrong with people? Crazy question.... what happens if the family of the little girl needs the fire department? Is he going to respond? 300 population, I can’t imagine there are a lot of volunteers.

Tuffchik
Tuffchik

There is something seriously wrong with not just this animal that raped a 4 yr old but this Mayor!! Where are the people who live in this town???

Traci
Traci

I think the bigger question is why is this man still not in prison? As far as I know there is no cure for this type of perverted behavior once a pervert always a pervert. I believe all sexual acts against children should be a life sentence.

rwi2112
rwi2112

Little girl obviously wasn't the Mayors daughter

RunCop
RunCop

These smoke eaters have eaten too much smoke that has addled their brains to have this POS as chief!

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

Traci, I agree with you, although, I'd be totally okay if the rape of a child were a capital offense. Oh! rwi2112 has a great point as well. No, it doesn't sound like it was the mayor's daughter. Bunch of sick animals. I'm so glad that the offender could "move on." (Sarc on). I'd like him to move on with a bullet in the head. Oh, did I say that out loud?

MistyFoster
MistyFoster

I'm glad he's "Moved past it" Too bad that 4 year old will be haunted the rest of her life!

wrharden
wrharden

Why is this Perv not still in prison !

BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

Exactly - why isn't he in prison

zeusdaughter2
zeusdaughter2

I don't believe he should be allowed to hold this position. Allowing this man to hold a job where he may at some point interact with a child and gain their trust is not morally acceptable.

zeusdaughter2
zeusdaughter2

So great, now we can't teach our kids to trust firemen.

Tuffydee41
Tuffydee41

WTH is wrong with these stupid people..he should be in prison for life...that lil girl will never be right...and that man will always have those thoughts in his mind...this world has done gone to shit when they let a convicted child rapist serve in a position like this..who’s to say he won’t gain the trust of another child and do this..him and the sick mayor needs to be in prison..what if it were her child...shit rhen she be singing a different tune on her fn bagpipes..huh...smdh

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

This world is about to hit the slime at the bottom of the pit..................

b1rd
b1rd

I'm pretty sure it can get a lot worse.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

How can he even be out of jail?? He should never have seen the outside of a cell.

fultzy
fultzy

The child molester says “You know, the story you are telling kids is once you make [a] mistake, you will be punished for the rest of your life". And he is right - it is a life sentence. Stop your whining and live with the consequences. Your 4-year old victim has to.