CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) UPDATE Feb. 4, 2021: The Danville Volunteer Fire Department says Christopher Lee Osborne has also been terminated from their department amid sexual assault allegations. One of those allegations claims he sexually assaulted an underage girl inside the fire department in late January of this year, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint states the 16-year-old victim told officers Osborne led her into the bunk room at the DVFD and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse against her will.
He is also accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him and propositioning another woman at a Boone County home in May of 2018, another complaint states.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened that this event has occurred. The Danville VFD did everything we could to cooperate with the West Virginia State Police during their investigation and will continue to do so if need be,” the department said.
The fire department released a statement from Chief Justin Chafin on its Facebook page regarding the incident:
On 25 January 2021, Officers of the Danville Volunteer Fire Department were notified of a sexual assault allegation that occured at the fire department. Immediately we notified law enforcement and have complied at every step of the investigation. The DVFD has a no tolerance policy on sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and upon these allegations coming to light Mr. Osborne was immediately terminated. Fire fighters are called upon to protect the public from danger, and we are deeply saddened by this sityation. Not only did the actions of Mr. Osborne take away from the trust and confidence that we require to do our jobs, but this has forever changed the lives of the people involved in the investigation. The Danville Volunteer Fire Department has a rich tradition in giving back to the people that we serve, and has multiple members of vairous law enforcement, EMS, and military communities represented in its ranks. These allegations are simply not representative of who we are. we work hard to foster an environment that is free from sexual assault, and we commend the individuals involved that stepped up to bring this situation to light.
Justin Chafin, Chief DVFDStatement from Chief Justin Chafin and the Danville Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook
Osborne has also been placed on leave by the Marmet Police Department during the investiagtion.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A firefighter in Charleston has been fired due to an active criminal investigation.
According to police, Christopher Lee Osborne, 25, faces charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The criminal complaint states Osborne allegedly forced a female victim to have sexual intercourse at a home in Madison, WV. The victim and a female witness both provided statements to police. Authorities say the witness also claimed she had been propositioned to participate, but declined.
The City of Charleston says the Charleston Fire Department learned of the investigation against Osborne Jan. 26. They say he was immediately placed on unpaid leave and a CFD investigation was opened. He was hired as a probationary firefighter Oct 13, 2020. The city received a copy of the warrants today and while the charges are allegations at this point, City officials say because “probable cause does exist” the CFD investigation found “just cause” to immediately terminate his employment.