Roger Gilbert Jr, 43, a convicted sex offender, was re-elected to serve as Pennsylvania city volunteer fire department chief.
(Pennsylvania State Police, Megan ‘ s Law Website)
A registered sex offender from a small town in Pennsylvania was re-elected as the city of the fire chief, in which the widespread anger.
Roger Gilbert Jr, of Spartansburg, was convicted in 2001 of “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse” after the force of a 4-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him, The Corry Journal, Saturday.
Court records show Gilbert, 43, is a thug who completed a five – to 10-year imprisonment, and he is listed on the state Megan’s Law database.
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The convicted sex offender admitted to the city of the fire department in 2010 as an unpaid volunteer, and said that his belief is now in the past.
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“That was 20 years ago,” Gilbert told the newspaper. “You know, the story you want to tell kids is if you are wrong, you will be punished for the rest of your life. I have changed my life for the better. Every day I get up and try to do good.”
Spartansburg Mayor Ann Louise Wagner — who said that they and the department have known about Gilbert’s status said she doesn’t understand why the victim is the mother of “do not fall.”
“I support the fire department and the decision to have him as a chef,” Wagner added of Gilbert. “The fire department is still always elected their own officers, and that is how it always has been. We don’t need their decisions.”
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Despite his self-proclaimed changed ways, the victim, the mother has questioned the decision, and do not believe that a sex offender should be allowed to work with children.
“As fire chief, this man deals with children,” she told the newspaper. “If you are in an accident, would you want this man working on your child?”
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Pennsylvania State Police said it is up to each individual community to decide whether sex offenders who have completed their sentences to serve in an office at the local level.
About 300 people live in Spartansburg, which is about 40 miles southeast of Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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