• Former firefighter loses job after charges of sexually assaulting minor

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    WHITE OAK, Pa. - A former White Oak volunteer firefighter is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old for almost a year, according to a criminal complaint. 

    Justin Vidra, 32, was arrested Friday by Allegheny County police and faces charges of rape, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and related crimes, according to court records.

    The victim, now 14, knew Virda and told police the sexual assaults took place in her home in White Oak and continued over the past year at least three times a week.

    "Justin told her that if she told anyone what he was doing, he would take everything they owned away...including all of the money in the bank," police said in the criminal complaint, 

    James Booth, president of White Oak VFC #1, said the company finds the charges “very disturbing.”


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    “We have been made aware of some very serious allegations against a former member; said member was already facing action from a previous matter,” Booth said in a statement. “Once we were made aware of the current accusation, said member has been terminated from our company effective immediately.”

    Channel 11 was told the previous matter involving Vidra was something that violated the fire company's social media policy. 

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    Vidra was arraigned Saturday and is currently housed in the Allegheny County Jail, unable to make $50,000 bail.

    He is scheduled to appear in court July 9 for his preliminary hearing. 


     

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