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SFD clears two Station 8 firefighters to return to work

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Two firefighters have returned to work after more than twenty days on paid administrative leave after allegations of cruelty and prostitution put the department under fire.

KTBS 3 News has learned SFD Internal Affairs cleared William Todd Olague and Logan Kerr of wrongdoing.

Both men have returned to duty, although neither is currently working at Station 8.

Kerr confirmed the news to KTBS 3 News in the first on-the-record interview with any media outlet since the story broke August 2. Kerr says he is working at Station 19 on Ellerbe Road, an assignment he held when admin leave was imitated.

Kerr's lawyer, Eric Johnson, gave KTBS 3 News the following comment:

"Mr. Kerr has cooperated fully with the criminal investigation, as well as the Internal Affair investigation. In fact, Monday evening he was cleared by the Internal Affairs investigation and returned to work Tuesday."

John Settle, attorney for Captain Derrick Harris, questions the move as his own client faces one charge each of cruelty to the infirm and principle to prostitution.

"Captain Harris was certainly the first one arrested, but one of the key players in this instance has not been arrested," Settle says "I think that is reflective upon this rush to judgement by City Hall and the District Attorney's office."

Settle entered a 'not guilty' plea Wednesday morning before Judge Ramona Emanuel.

Speaking on the Caddo Parish Courthouse steps shortly after leaving the courtroom, Settle said two co-defendants told investigators a story that likely would implicate wrongdoing, rather than clear either Kerr or Olague.

"One person- who two of the defendants have advised me- participated in a serious act, urinating into a bottle and giving it to one of the victims, has not been arrested," Settle says.

Another source confirms Kerr- not Olague- is the man reportedly responsible for providing urine for a mentally disabled man to drink.

Olague is the fire representative on the Civil Service Board. He was absent from the last meeting, August 14.

KTBS 3 News has asked Shreveport Fire Department and the Mayor's Office for comment on the developments, but requests were not returned.

The criminal investigation is ongoing.

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