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A comprehensive look at station 8 allegations -- page 4

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Capt. William Todd Olague

According to KTBS 3 News sources, William Todd Olague was promoted to captain Aug. 1, just two days before he and five other firefighters were put on paid administrative leave.

Although Olague was on the Station 8 A-Shift June 14, court documents state Olague told police he was asleep when the incident in question happened.

An 18-year veteran and currently serving as the fire representative on the Civil Service Board, an SFD press release states Olague was cleared of wrongdoing by Internal Affairs and returned to work Aug. 27.

Firefighter Logan Kerr

A 3-year veteran, Logan Kerr was placed on administrative leave after allegations of misconduct at Station 8, yet Kerr was never named in court documents as a witness to or participant in the June 14 incident.

During interviews with criminal investigators, co-defendants instead say Kerr is the man responsible for providing urine that one -- possibly both -- victims drank at Billy Glass' birthday party. Glass told police he confronted Kerr over the allegations, an act he denied to Glass and to criminal investigators.

Kerr's lawyer, Eric Johnson, gave KTBS 3 News the following comment on Aug. 28:

"Mr. Kerr has cooperated fully with the criminal investigation, as well as the Internal Affairs  investigation. In fact, Monday evening [Aug 26] he was cleared by the Internal Affairs investigation and returned to work Tuesday [Aug 27]."

On Aug. 30, SFD said Kerr "received discipline not resulting in termination and returned to duty."

Kerr confirmed he is working at Station 19 on Ellerbe Road.

The Woman

The woman at the center of the June 14 allegations that firefighters hired a prostitute may end up being the state's star witness if the case comes to court.

During an interview Aug. 1 at the FBI Field Office, documents show the alleged prostitute confirmed some parts of their story while adding more information.

She reportedly told police she met Derrick Harris when she was involved in a car accident on July 28, 2010. After this encounter, she says she and Harris had a sexual relationship but it had stopped over time and the two reconnected the morning of June 14.

She says about an hour she saw Harris, he called her to the station, introduced her to the man, gave her about $70 pooled together by the firefighters, and directed her to the station's bathroom.

The woman identified Harris, Glass, and Vaughan in a photographic array, but was unable to ID Richardson.

She says on a later visit, Harris asked her to have sex with a second disabled man but she refused because he was "more mentally impaired than" the first.

She also told police some about a conversation that would indicate Harris wanted her to stay quiet about the sexual encounter. The woman says Harris told her the firefighters lied to investigators -- although it is not clear whether those are SFD Internal Affairs employees or criminal investigators. As a part of that discussion, she said Harris promised he "would take care of her," a statement she took to mean he would pay for her silence.

The woman has not been charged as a result of this investigation.

The Case Continues

Harris, Richardson, Glass, and Vaughan all entered "not guilty" pleas on their charges. Capt. Randy Chandler has yet to be arraigned.

Lawyers for the accused say their clients will be cleared in the end, not only of criminal wrongdoing but also absolved in the court of public opinion.

"There's a lot of accusations for a lot of different behaviors that's accused over a number of years, with a lot of different people," Peter Flowers, attorney for Richardson, said outside the courthouse. "To lay all that at the feet of these four firemen, I think is unfortunate and inappropriate."

What is clear at this point, is that several careers have been disrupted -- as have the lives of two apparently trusting men who counted Station 8 as their second home.

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