Firefighters disciplined over sexual behavior near academy

Mar 2, 2015 8:25 PM by Debbie Cobb

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Newly released documents show an assistant state fire chief was demoted for using a state cellphone and vehicle to arrange sex with escorts and a firefighter was fired for sexually harassing a civilian at a graduation celebration near the state's fire academy. The report also shows firefighters drank on duty at the state's fire academy and an employee who is now charged with murder was accused of slapping a female cadet on the buttocks.

The assistant chief allegedly visited escorts as many as a dozen times in his state-issued vehicle.

The firefighter is said to have touched the woman and exposed himself at a tavern after identifying himself as a firefighter.

Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez was fired last month for drinking alcohol and allowing others to drink on duty. He also is accused of failing to take action when former battalion chief and academy instructor Orville Fleming allegedly slapped the cadet's behind. Fleming was arrested following a two-week manhunt after Douglas' body was discovered in the home they shared. Fleming is next scheduled to appear in court in March.

The report stems from a $2 million investigation launched in May after Fleming was charged with murder in the death of a former escort who became his girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty to killing 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas.

The documents were released Monday to The Associated Press under a Public Records Act request. They are the latest disciplinary reports to be made public because the firefighters appealed their discipline to the State Personnel Board.

A spokesman for the union representing Department of Forestry and Fire Protection employees declined comment.

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