McKEESPORT, Pa. - A fire chief is facing charges after he was caught having sex with a teenager in a car in McKeesport, police said.
Versailles Volunteer Fire Company Chief Aaron Powell, 46, was arrested Sunday night after a police sergeant found him with the 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of the McKee's Point Marina, according to a criminal complaint.
Police say they caught the Versailles Volunteer Fire Chief having sex with a 17-year-old girl inside of THIS Dodge Charger. I️ just talked to his long term girlfriend about the allegations.....— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) November 14, 2017
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When asked how long he has known the girl and for how long he had been seeing her, Powell said, “I've known her for two years or more, and for a couple of weeks,” the complaint said.
The girl turned 17 in August.
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"I'm just going to do the best that I can to get through this," said Annie Clawson, Powell's girlfriend of the last 13 years. "I just want to say to him, I hope it was all worth it."
Powell is charged with corruption of minors and open lewdness.
In addition to Powell being the fire chief, Clawson and her two daughters were also part of the volunteer fire department.
Versailles Mayor Jim Fleckenstein said Powell has been suspended indefinitely. Versailles Borough Council had a scheduled meeting Monday night, but members had nothing to say to Channel 11 about the charges.
“It shocked all of us, you know. None of us are happy over it. We'll have to go on from here and see what happens,” Fleckenstein said.
The Versailles Volunteer Fire Company posted the following message Monday morning on Facebook in response to Powell’s arrest:
“In light of the recent allegations the Versailles Volunteer Fire Company must inform you as of this morning said fire chief who was been accused of illegal actions was removed from office and is no longer affiliated with the department. The assistant chief will take over until the new year. In no way does the recent events reflect what the Versailles Fire Company and its members stand for. Any actions by any member outside of the company has nothing to do with the operations of the company. We will be moving forward and continue to serve the Boro of Versailles and surrounding communities.”
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