Sugarcreek Township, OH-A Lieutenant for the Sugarcreek Fire Department, who was on administrative leave has been fired following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
The Xenia Gazette reports that on Wednesday of this week, Lieutenant Christopher Keene was fired from the fire department. His firing came after the township leaders contracted a third party to conduct an investigation.
The Gazette reports that Keene was promoted to Fire Captain in 2014 and was a shift commander, but he was demoted in May after sexual harassment allegations surfaced.
Firehouse reports that the township sent Keene and letter explaining that he was accused of violating the personnel policies, including sexual harassment and using abusive language about a person’s sex, age, race, nationality or religion. He was also cited for
Keene was one of three firefighters under investigation for sexual harassment; the other two fire fighters are currently on administrative leave.
It is unclear if a civil suit has been filed against the township.
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