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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A former Tennessee firefighter has been charged in a sexual abuse case involving a child.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 37-year-old David Wilber was arrested Friday on three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.
The TBI says in a news release that an investigation found the child was sexually abused on several occasions between August 2014 and August 2015.
Portland Mayor Ken Wilber, who is David Wilber's uncle, says in the news release that his nephew resigned from the Portland fire department last week.
Sumner County Jail records show David Wilber was released on bond.
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Richmond police say a local high school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.
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The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (bit.ly/21odqma) that Stewart has been charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties while in a supervisory role.
A spokeswoman for Richmond Public Schools said Stewart, who was hired at the start of the school year, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Court records show the first alleged assault occurred last year, and the second sometime last month.
DAISETTA, Texas - A well-known city councilman is locked up inside the Liberty County jail and charged with one count of sex abuse of a child.
Dennie Howell, 57, was indicted and turned himself in to the authorities on Feb. 23. He is currently being held without bond.
Detectives in the case tell Channel 2, a 14-year-old girl came forward and said Howell molested her.
Police began their investigation several months ago. Recently three more girls, all under the age of 13, came forward and made similar allegations. Police are continuing to investigate and more charges could come.
“I trusted him. I trusted the wrong person, obviously,” said one of the girls’ mother’s. She spoke exclusively to Channel2, and her identity is not being released to protect her daughter.
“He had her convinced that nobody would believe her and that she would be the one that would be in trouble.”
The girl’s mother said her daughter is 12, and the alleged abuse was happening for about two years. Her daughter got the courage to come forward after she heard Howell had been arrested.
The mother told Channel 2 their families had known each other for many years, and they were very close friends. The alleged abuse was happening at Howell’s Daisetta home.
“It’s shocking,” said Huey Palmer, who has known the Howell family for more than two decades.
Everyone in town knows Howell because of his work with the city, and a lot of people are surprised about the allegations.
“You would never suspect somebody like that,” said Jimmie Dee. “He’s always been friendly with the kids.”