Former Fire Chief to Serve Prison Time for Sex With Junior Firefighter

Friday, Jul 18, 2014  |  Updated 12:52 PM EDT
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Former Fire Chief to Serve Prison Time for Sex With Teen

Coventry Police Department

Former volunteer fire chief Joseph Carilli has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 10 years, for having a sexual relationship with a junior firefighter and impregnating her, according to police and the court.

The former chief of Coventry Volunteer Fire Department will spend time in prison after having a sexual relationship with a teenage junior firefighter and impregnating her, according to the court and warrant for his arrest.

Joseph Carilli, 54, was arrested last year and charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The teen told police she and Carilli had been having sex since she was 15, and Carilli later admitted to the relationship, according to the warrant.

He was the fire chief when the relationship began.

Police said Carilli turned himself in after learning about the warrant for his arrest.

Another volunteer firefighter in the company, Joe Fragoso, was also accused of having sexual relations with a teenage junior firefighter. He was a second lieutenant at the time, police said.

Carilli was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 10, and 10 years of probation on Thursday. He’ll begin serving time right away, according to the court.

Information on an attorney for Carilli was not immediately available.

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