Mayor Ann Louise Wagner Resign For Defending A Sex Offender In Office!!!
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Roger Gilbert Jr., 43, had been the fire chief of Spartansburg Volunteer Fire and Ambulance since at least 2016, and was recently re-elected to the position even though town officials and his fellow volunteers knew about his conviction for raping a 4-year-old girl.
He resigned this week, blaming outsiders for his resignation, and claiming victim status. And Before his resignation, the town’s mayor was standing by him, though Gilbert Was Paroled After Serving 6 Years in Prison, but Then Was Sent Back After Violating His Release by Interacting With Minor Children
Ann Louise Wagner, Spartansburg’s Mayor, Says She Doesn’t Know Why the Victim’s Mother ‘Won’t Drop This’. Wagner told The Corry Journal that she and other members of the community are aware that Gilbert is a sex offender.
“I support the fire department and their decision to have him as chief. The firemen have always elected their own officers and that’s how it’s always been done. We don’t question their decisions,” she told the newspaper. “We have never stepped on their toes before and I am not going to do it now. He has been with our department since 2010 and just elected to his second term (as chief).”
She then added, “I think we are making this into something that it isn’t. I don’t know why she (the victim’s mother) won’t drop this.”
Though members of the very community he was supposed to be serving stated: “If he has that on his record then I don’t think he should get that title,” Macy Wardner told the news station. And Robert Daly said, “You shouldn’t have sex offenders with little children if that’s what they were accused of. That’s not right. They have them feelings. It doesn’t make you feel good about it and it doesn’t make your community look good.”
Further more, according to the Fire Department there were rules clearly being violated. “All residents of Spartansburg and vicinity, regardless of age, creed, sex, color, handicap, disability, national origin, or membership in another fire department are eligible for membership providing they are at least eighteen years of age and the results of an Act 34 criminal background check are returned with satisfactory information,” the Fire Department website states.
Pennsylvania State Police said that each department and municipality is able to set its own rules as to whether sex offenders can be hired or serve in an elected office.
This mayor clearly has no regard for the law or safety of the children. She must be removed from office.
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