Former battalion chief Orville Fleming is accused of murdering his girlfriend Sarah Douglas in May, then leading police on a two-week manhunt as he hid from arrest. The combination of 16 firefighters being fired, demoted or resigning, comes after an investigation at Cal Fire’s Ione Fire Academy found misuse of equipment and time.
Two state firefighters have been fired and another has resigned after an investigation prompted by the slaying of a CalFire battalion chief’s girlfriend.
During the search for Orville Fleming, allegations arose of firefighters having sex with prostitutes at the Ione Fire Academy. That prompted a California Highway Patrol investigation into a possible sex tape that never materialized.
Cal Fire Places 16 Firefighters Placed On Leave Following Investigation Spurred By Sex Tape Allegations
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Janet Upton told The Associated Press that the department placed the employees on leave Monday. The formal results of the California Highway Patrol investigation are expected early next month.
The former Cal Fire battalion chief accused of murdering his fiancée will stand trial for the crime.
Sarah Jane Douglas was found stabbed and strangled to death near Elk Grove in the home she shared with Fleming on May 1. Orville Fleming would vanish, only to be found more than two weeks later at a bus stop.
The former Cal Fire chief accused of murder has entered a “not guilty” plea at a hearing Monday.
The report, which is so far unsubstantiated, arose during the manhunt for Orville Fleming, a former state battalion chief and training officer who was arrested in connection with the death of the woman, a former escort who became his girlfriend.
A former Cal Fire battalion chief who allegedly killed his fiancee did not enter a plea in court on his second appearance before a judge on Tuesday. Instead, the murder case was continued until early July.
Trading fire gear for a jail jumpsuit, Orville Fleming was walked into court looking relatively well-groomed after spending more than two weeks hiding out in the brush near where he was last seen.
The man who spent weeks on the run after allegedly killing his fiancee will make his first court appearance on Tuesday.
In his 16 days on the run, Orville Fleming hardly tried to change his appearance.