Westport Police: Former Firefighter Accused of Child Sexual Abuse
WESTPORT — A retired Westport firefighter who was also a bus driver and coach in the town has been accused of sexually abusing children, but is not currently facing any formal charges.
Westport Police have confirmed to WBSM News that they have received two reports from individuals who said they were abused by the man. Police say the men came forward after seeing a Facebook post concerning a 77-year-old retired firefighter for the Town of Westport. Police say the man was also a bus driver and a coach. The two reports allege the abuse took place over 30 years ago.
Westport Police did not identify the former firefighter by name. Detective Jeffrey Majewski tells WBSM News the Detective Division "did not wish to release any other information at this point."
In a written statement to WBSM News, Westport Chief of Police Keith Pelletier stated, "Unfortunately, in the two reported cases to police these very specific abuse allegations were beyond the Statute of Limitations according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office."
Chief Pelletier said the Westport Police Department has informed the appropriate state agencies who had an interest in the reports out of any possible current safety concerns regarding children.
Anyone wishing to come forward with reports of abuse, both recent and past, is encouraged to contact the Westport Police Detective Division at 774-264-5174.
— Reporting by Tim Weisberg, Jim Phillips, and Taylor Cormier.