Michigan teen files federal lawsuit over sex abuse by firefighters in Explorer mentor program

  • Source: Mlive.com
  • Published: 09/13/2018 12:00 AM

A young woman who was sexually abused in a mentor program at Cascade Township Fire Department has filed a federal lawsuit against the township and Boy Scouts of America. Two now-former Cascade Township firefighters - Clem Bell, 53, and Steven Drake, 34 - had relationships with the then-16-year-old girl and exchanged sexually explicit photographs and videos with her. The two men pleaded guilty last year to possession of child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime and promoting child sexually abusive activity. The fallout extended beyond the two who were sentenced to jail, home confinement and placed on Michigan's sex-offender registry. Fire Chief John Sigg retired after 29 years while Deputy Chief John Shipley was fired from his part-paid position


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