The Leonia Volunteer Fire Department was temporarily shut down last week, pending an investigation into a sexual assault arrest.
The entire department was suspended while authorities looked into allegations that 18-year-old David Levine sexually assaulted a three-year-old boy in a Leonia firehouse.
Leonia police arrested Mr. Levine and charged him with sexual assault. According to prosecutors, Mr. Levine allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with the boy. Police learned of the alleged sexual assault after the boy, an acquaintance of Mr. Levine, told his father what had happened.
During the suspension, the Teaneck and Fort Lee fire departments covered the borough’s fire-related emergencies.
After being charged, Mr. Levine was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Leonia Suspends Fire Department in Wake of Sexual Assault Arrest.”