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Long Island Fire Marshall Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

First, there were the priest scandals of 2002, then Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine, then the creepy elementary teachers in Los Angeles, and now a Fire Marshall?

Morgan Davis, 36, was arrested Monday on charges of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, reports NBC New York. Davis is a Fire Marshall in Long Island, as well as a volunteer fire fighter in Deer Park. The alleged abuse happened earlier this month.

Because the incidents were recent, there will not be statute of limitations issues, like there was in the Bernie Fine case. There are also no known allegations that the events happened over time, or were enabled by his workplace. Criminal charges will likely be limited to Davis himself.

Davis has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of acting an a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17 years old, according to Newsday. The court also issued an order preventing Davis from contacting the victim, which indicates that they may have been acquainted prior to the abuse.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class-B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to three years imprisonment per charge. Acting in a manner injurious to a child is a Class-A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year imprisonment.

Incidents like the aforementioned are rare, however, child molestation and neglect remain a perpetual problem in the state of New York, as evidenced by Bernie Fine and others less famous. Prosecutors have a range of statutes that protect children and more efforts are being made to strengthen the laws even further.

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