La. -- Federal and state officials are investigating three Shreveport
firefighters who allegedly abused two middle-aged disabled men, got
them drunk and watched as at least one of the men had sex with a woman.
Harris, 50, of Shreveport, Clint Richardson, 26, of Keithville, and
Billy Glass, 37, of Keithville, each faces charges of cruelty to the
infirm and principal to prostitution. Harris was arrested Aug. 2,
Richardson on Monday, and Glass on Tuesday. Each has posted $105,000
Cruelty to the infirm carries a penalty of up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.
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spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig confirmed the agency is involved in the
investigation but would not release details as to when or how the agency
Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain also
confirmed his agency's involvement, which he said began about a week ago
at the request of the FBI.
Police and fire officials are releasing few details but confirm the alleged activity occurred at Fire Station No. 8.
The victims apparently are in their mid-40s to mid-50s and are described as having the minds of children. The (Shreveport, La.) Times met
with one of the victims and his friends, before Glass' arrest Tuesday,
and that person identified Harris and Richardson as being among those
involved in the abuse.
The two victims hung out at Fire Station
No. 8 and shared special bonds with firefighters, friends and area
residents said. For years, they were the first people someone would meet
when they walked into the station.
"This is sickening," said
Haley Bordelon, who lives near the station. "They both are just
fascinated with the whole fire department. For firefighters, of all
people, to do something like that is sad. They are there to help, not
Caleb Calk, a friend of the men, said he once
watched as firefighters made one of the victims get on the ground, then
roll over and bark like a dog. Calk and his girlfriend told the
firefighters to stop, he said.
"This has been going on a long
time," Calk said earlier this week. "Last week, they gave (one victim) a
condom, told him to go in the bathroom to put it on and watched as he
had sex with a woman they had come up to the station."
has made several attempts to talk with the three accused firefighters or
their attorneys regarding the allegations. A woman who answered the
phone at Richardson's home earlier this week hung up on a reporter. And
Wednesday, no one answered the door at his residence or at Glass' home.
Capt. Barbara Sellers, who serves as president of the Shreveport
firefighter's union, also was not available for comment earlier this
week. Meanwhile, Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford declined to
specifically address the criminal allegations against the firefighters
during a recent news conference about the arrests.
"I'm not going
to speak to any details of the investigation or the ongoing
investigation or where this investigation may wind up," Mulford said
during the news conference.
The three firefighters are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
City Council Chairman Michael Corbin is anticipating some public outcry
regarding the arrests during next week's council meeting.
number of citizens have called, many who have special needs children who
are concerned, asking what the city council is going to do," Corbin
said. "When the investigation is complete, we will see what the mayor's
response is and if the City Council needs to get involved."