QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) - A Boston firefighter is facing criminal charges after authorities say he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl last month.
Kevin Harrison, of Randolph, was arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and one count of open and gross lewdness, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Court documents indicate Harrison is a member of the Boston Fire Department and that the alleged incident happened inside his Randolph home.
“Firefighter John Harrison has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing court case,” the Boston Fire Department said in a statement. “Due to the seriousness of the allegations, and the sensitivity of the investigation the Boston Fire Department is unable to provide further comment on this matter.”
Judge John Stapleton ordered Harrison to stay away from and have no contact with the victim.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he is, “disappointed if it’s true.”
After just learning of the charges, Walsh spoke out.
“All of our firefighters, public officials, police department, EMS, I mean, they work with the highest standard and ethical standard. When you hear something like this, it is concerning.”
The mayor said that city employees need to be held to a higher standard.
“We hold our public employees to high standards. Particularly our public safety officials,” he said. “I don’t know enough about the case right now at this moment to talk in any detail about it. But, certainly the allegations are very concerning.”
Harrison has since been released on personal recognizance.
He is due back in court on Oct. 21.
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