- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Plainfield’s fire chief has resigned his position after his son was charged with sexually assaulting a junior member of the volunteer department.

The Norwich Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2jvqwUR ) Chief Ralph Wells resigned Wednesday and Deputy Chief Larry Loomis has been appointed interim chief.

Wells’ son, Kevin Wells, is a captain in the department. He was charged in August with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old had sex with a 17-year-old female cadet, including once in the firehouse.

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It is illegal for a supervisor to have a sexual relationship with any subordinate under the age of 18.

Fire District President Michael Surprenant says Ralph Wells remains a member of the department.

Kevin Wells is due in Superior Court on Oct. 17.


Information from: Norwich Bulletin, https://www.norwichbulletin.com

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