Former Vermont Firefighter Pleads Guilty in Junior Firefighter Sex Case

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A former Bennington firefighter has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old junior firefighter in his department.

Thirty-two-year-old Shawn LaFountain, a former first assistant chief in the Bennington Rural Fire Department, pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual assault on a person younger than 16, a felony. In exchange, a second charge _ lewd and lascivious conduct with a child _ was dismissed.

The 15-year-old victim told police she had sex with LaFountain in December 2007 after the two exchanged explicit photos of themselves via cell phone and had other sexual contact.


Information from: Rutland Herald,

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Boy what a black mark on the department and he should have know better 15 years apart
wow i mean that is screwed up big time.
I wish jail time on the sick f**k!
I'm going to just shake my head on this one.

A 32 y/o has no business with a 15 y/o. That's just not right. Not that it's any better but at least a 32 y/o with a 18 y/o is LEGAL. Moral of the story. 15 will get you 20.
Dumb shit....(oops, sorry web Chief) I hope they hang him....How a person like this gets into the Fire Service let alone become an Officer gets me....Paul
I'm disappointed with the Assistant Chief, he should definitely have known better. This does give the department a bad name and I hope they can over come this. I wish that department the best of luck.
Theres got to be more to this story than meets the eye.

"After the two exchanged explicit photos.."

At 15 you know what you're doing, when you snap the photo and click send on the cell. At some point you've got to be held acountable for your own dumb decisions.

I would be curious to find out if they had a falling out of sorts and she was mad. Or of she just kind of mentioned it in passing to the local PD and they just had their hands tied with the situation and had to investigate..

All this of course is not condoning the act, she was still 15 and he was old.. Still illegal, immoral, and wrong.
that is nutz...he needs big jail time
OMG That just Pi$$es Me OFF TO no extent He needed to be locked up but the girl needs her phone taken away for showing him explicit photos.. All that did was provoke him into the sexual assault How pathetic.
he was thinking with the wrong head for sure. i hate to see that the dept is going to have to overcome this mistake.... that just shows how much power a naked woman of luck to the dept and the suspect...dont drop the soap
u kno i dont see how it would affect the dept cause it was one mans mistake not the whole dept
BAD! Needs to think a little more!

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