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Glassport firefighter will stand trial on multiple sex charges

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Glassport firefighter accused of provoking a juvenile to expose his genitalia several times while being filmed via cell phone has waived his case to court.

Allegheny County police charged Chad Richey, 29, of Glassport, with corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts, and two counts of criminal solicitation in connection with an incident on May 25 in the day room of the Citizens Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 building.

Richey waived his case to court Tuesday before Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident was captured on the fire company's surveillance video.

In the video, Richey can be seen with another firefighter and a juvenile while another man working community service at the fire hall appears to be listening to headphones and uninvolved in the activity with the firemen, the complaint states.

Richey later can be seen holding up his cell phone and pointing it toward the juvenile, who exposes himself and simulates a sex act, according to court documents.

The juvenile then exposes himself again and waves a private body part in the face of the community service person, the complaint continued.

The man jerks away from the juvenile and the boy can be seen being pulled away by another individual. Richey can be seen laughing and looking at his phone, according to documents.

Richey reportedly admitted taking the video.

The juvenile told investigators that Richey egged him on and dared him saying, "You won't do it."

Richey reportedly told a firefighter who left the fire hall with the juvenile, "You need to come down here and delete that clip off the cameras because (someone) called the police."

According to the criminal complaint, the firefighter refused to delete the video.

Officials at the judge's office said the other firefighters are not being charged, and did not have information about the juvenile.

Richey's next court appearance is set for Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

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