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Shreveport Fire Captain Derrick Harris, charged with one count each of principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm Shreveport Fire Captain Derrick Harris, charged with one count each of principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm
Shreveport Firefighter Clint Richardson, charged with principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm Shreveport Firefighter Clint Richardson, charged with principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm

Capt. Derrick Harris

A 23-year veteran with Shreveport Fire Department, Capt. Derrick Harris was the first firefighter arrested Aug. 2 and was the first face most of the viewing public associated with the scandal.

He is charged with one count each of principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm.

Shreveport police say Harris and other Station 8 A-Shift employees paid the woman to have sex with a mentally disabled man on June 14 in the Station 8 bathroom.

She told police she had a sexual relationship with Harris after the two met at a car accident in July 2010, but had lost touch over time and reconnected the morning of June 14.

She told police she visited Harris at Station 8 even after an investigation had begun. On one occasion, she says Harris asked her to have sex with another disabled man but she refused because she considered the second man "more mentally impaired than" the first. In another conversation, she says Harris told her that he and the other firefighters had lied to investigators -- although her interview does not mention whether those where SFD or criminal investigators. She further says Harris told her the firefighters lied and Harris "would take care of her" if she didn't talk to anyone.

Shreveport Fire Department sent out a press release Aug. 30 informing the public that Harris had been terminated from his position, but Settle says his client was not given a notice of termination until Tuesday, Sept. 3.

In the termination letter, Fire Chief Craig Mulford writes to Harris, "You had knowledge of a female and male visitor being together in a locked bathroom at Station 8, and when questioned about the incident, failed to report or share information relative to the Administrative Investigation and permitted the use and possession of alcohol while on duty."

Settle filed an appeal Sept. 4, asking for a hearing and investigation by the Shreveport Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board.

Firefighter Clint Richardson

Clint Richardson, 27, was the second SFD employee arrested and faces the same charges as Harris: principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm.

Shreveport Police say Richardson admitted to several acts during an interview with SPD, FBI and Louisiana State Police on July 31. Among the recorded accusations are that Richardson chipped in $10 to hire the prostitute, burned her phone number after the investigation began, and when called in for an interview told the same story of denial as the others involved.

Richardson's interview went beyond the June 14 incident. Documents show he told police he took one of the victims to a strip club where he bought him alcohol and a lap dance.

Richardson also reportedly told people he and others put one victim on the station's roof and left him there "stranded in fear" and at other times would "soak" the two men with fire hoses.

Although he does not claim to be a part of some acts, Richardson says he was present when one of the firemen put a dollar bill in ice and required a victim to "chip the ice away in humiliation." Richardson says his shift made sandwiches with "disagreeing contents of salad dressing and syrup or 'whatever' for kicks" before serving them to one of the men.

Richardson was terminated from his firefighter position by SFD on Aug. 30 after four years with the department.

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