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Sturgis Firefighter arrested for Criminal Sexual Conduct

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STURGIS  (WKZO) -- A Sturgis firefighter is the target of multiple investigations after allegations surfaced earlier this month of an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile. .

That expanded into multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct and an arrest this week.

Both the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department and the Sturgis Department of Public Safety have opened separate investigations. One investigation is criminal and the other is internal.

The fire fighter has been put on non-paid leave pending the outcome of that internal investigation.

They say it should be completed and a decision made on the status of the firefighter by the end of the week.

The criminal investigation and subsequent court proceedings will take considerably longer.

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