Firefighter Reassigned Following Meth Arrest On UW Campus

Editor’s Note: We’ve removed a portion of this report about a separate incident involving a friend of the firefighter because of conflicting accounts about the incident. Additionally, with regard to a restraining order obtained by an ex-girlfriend against the firefighter, we have noted that the woman requested the dismissal of the order. 

Seattle Fire Department officials have reassigned a firefighter to administrative duty after University of Washington police caught him having sex near a fountain on UW’s campus and found suspected methamphetamines in his car last month.

According to University of Washington Police Department Commander Steve Rittereiser, officers responded to a report of a sexual assault near Drumheller Fountain on the west side of UW’s campus just after 7:30 a.m. on August 5th.

Officers found the firefighter and another woman—who is in her 30s—having sex “in a slightly wooded area near the fountain,” Rittereiser says, but determined the sexual contact was consensual.

However, during the contact, police located suspected methamphetamine and “paraphernalia” in the firefighter’s vehicle.

The firefighter was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for drug possession. He was released the next day, on August 6th.

SFD did not reassign him for more than two weeks.

According to SFD spokesman Kyle Moore, the man was reassigned to “administrative duty” on August 22nd. Moore could not immediately say why it took the department two weeks to reassign the firefighter.

The firefighter has not yet been charged for drug possession, which is why we’re not naming him.

Exactly one year before the firefighter was arrested on UW’s campus, an ex-girlfriend filed a protection order against the man.

The woman’s court filing says he allegedly sent her nearly 60 text messages one evening, and followed the woman and her family in his vehicle.

The filing also alleges that the firefighter left two newspaper clippings for the woman with words blacked out in permanent marker “to highlight adjectives regarding the way [he] felt about [her],” court records say.

A judge later lifted the woman’s protection order.

SFD’s Moore would not say go into detail about the firefighter’s current duties, but said he is “not out being a firefighter.”

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