By: Kyle James | 02-13-2018 | News
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Fire Department Re-Elects Sex Offender As Chief, Mayor Defends Choice

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If you have sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old girl you forfeit any potential positions of authority over children unless you live in a small Pennsylvania town where you're reelected as fire chief.

Parents fear Chief Roger Gilbert Jr. will re-offend if he is allowed near children after he was convicted of sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old girl in 2001 and served a five to ten-year sentence for the crime.

Gilbert is also in the state's Megan's Law database for "involuntary deviate sexual intercourse." A 4-year-old baby can't consent to sex and this monster should never be allowed near children again, especially in any position of authority such as Chief.

The mayor of the small town Anne Louise Wagner even defended the despicable decision saying the other volunteer firefighters are aware of his sex offender status and elected him a second term anyway.

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

This is not acceptable. People of this town need to demand his removal and those around him should be questioned as well. After seeing how the serial pedophile Larry Nassar got away with molesting children for decades because of his doctor status, we now know that a position of authority is no reason to turn a blind eye.

In fact, many would argue a person in a position of authority such as a fire chief deserves even more scrutiny, especially a rapist pedophile who has already been convicted of a heinous sex offense against innocent children.

Gilbert is 43 and defended his position saying, "That was 20 years ago. You know, the story you are telling kids is once you make 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."

Doesn't matter how long it's been, you forfeit any right to a position of authority when you had sex with a baby.

How anyone in their right mind could not allow a pedophile into a position that could potentially see them being alone with children in a uniform they look up to is mind-boggling.

The town of Spartansburg has around 300 people and state police say a convicted sex offender is allowed in a public office if the community decides its okay.

The community, in this case, does not want a pedophile responding to medical emergencies, potentially with their small children. The town's people should have a right to veto this firehouse's decision.

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