5 Firefighters On Administrative Leave For 'Sex Acts' At Fire Hall
Nashville Fire Department headquarters in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five firefighters with the Nashville Fire Department have been put on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate sex acts at a Metro fire hall.
Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron said police were called to General Hospital Saturday to investigate claims from a 23-year-old woman who said she was drugged at the home of a Metro firefighter.
The woman also told police she and two friends had been at a fire hall at least once to strip for firefighters and perform sex acts for money.
The lewd acts allegedly took place at Station 24 near the Bordeaux area.
Police interviewed firefighter Jason Copeland, who claimed he was being extorted by a friend or the 23-year-old. The friend was identified as 26-year-old Ray Dontrell Johnson, a known gang member.
Copeland said Johnson called him and said "there would be blood" if he did not pay $500.
Detectives set up a sting operation at the Clarksville Pike Pizza Hut to catch Johnson. Aaron said the Metro gang unit was able to build a strong case. Johnson was arrested and charged with extortion.
Also with Johnson was Cortez Deonte Smith, age 20, who was also arrested.
The woman's claims were still being investigated by police.
Aaron said after talking with the District Attorney's office, it was decided not to bring prostitution charges against the firefighters because it would have been a misdemeanor offense.
Acting Fire Chief Billy Lynch put the firefighters on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Four firefighters from Station 24 and one from Station 11 were under investigation.