Department suspends junior firefighter program after sexual assaults
Two officers from the volunteer department were arrested and charged with sexually assaulting members of the program
COVENTRY, Conn. — A junior firefighting program has been suspended following the alleged assaults of junior firefighters by Coventry Volunteer Fire Association members.
The association released a statement Thursday in response to the arrests of 53-year-old former chief Joseph Carilli, and 35-year-old lieutenant Joe Fragoso. The two are accused of sexually assaulting members of the department's junior firefighter program.
"As a family, CVFA is greatly hurt by recent events, we remain committed to working hard to provide fire protection and emergency medical services to our community. We ask for your continued support for our crews in the field providing emergency services," the statement read.