Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Florence Assistant Fire Chief Suspended

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Florence Assistant Fire Chief Suspended

Article excerpt

An assistant chief of the New Florence Volunteer Fire Company in Westmoreland County was suspended from duty Tuesday after the company said it learned that he was facing charges in connection to sex with a minor.

New Florence police charged Kenneth E. Steiner, 56, on Sept. 25 with statutory sexual assault, criminal use of a communication facility, unlawful contact with a minor and additional offenses stemming from two alleged incidents in September 2013, according to court documents.

KDKA-TV reported that the victim in the case was a 12- to 15-year-old girl.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Steiner began text messaging the girl, who had applied for the New Florence VFD junior fireman program. The messages were initially concerning fire department business, according to police, but later became sexual in nature. …

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