2 Bayside firefighters charged with child exploitation
Clarence "Zeke" Hall (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Two Bayside volunteer firefighters are being charged with exploitation of a child after an incident at the firehouse.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Department said Vincent Reiber, 25, was arrested Saturday, and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today. Clarence "Zeke" Hall, 35, is expected to turn himself over to authorities soon, according to his lawyer.
Both men are accused of inappropriate acts with three juvenile females. Investigators said the acts occurred in May at the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department. They said several other firefighters were also present during the incident and may face misdemeanor charges. The chief of the department was not present or involved, and officials say he is cooperating with the investigation.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Department seized several cameras and computers as evidence.
"The 'heroes' of this community are always held to a higher standard. But whether they are a fire fighter, law officer, or paramedic, it is the responsibility of the individual to remain professional at all times," Investigator Brandon Normand said. "Any and all individual actions that violate the law and/or professionalism of our local 'heroes' will be investigated and proper action will be taken by this office."
Both men face a fine of $500,000 and 40 years in prison, if convicted. Al Showers will have more on this story later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.