STRASBURG, Va. – Five volunteer firefighters for the Strasburg Fire Department are being investigated for allegedly gang raping a 17-year-old girl and posting the video on Snapchat.
Court documents obtained by CBS 6 reveal the alleged incident happened in Spring 2017.
The alleged gang rape of the teen happened at three separate locations, the Strasburg Fire Department Company 51, the home of one of the firefighters and at a Strasburg hotel.
According to the documents, Mayor Richard Orndorff contacted the Strasburg Police Department after concerned citizens reported the existence of a video showing members of the Strasburg Fire Department gang raping a teen.
Orndorff says after that citizen spoke with him, the victim’s mother and step-father came forward with the allegations.
The Strasburg Police Department reported the alleged gang rape to Virginia State Police on April 5, 2017.
While no charges have been filed by State Police, they did obtain a search warrant which references possession and distribution of child pornography and lays out the allegations of this case.
The alleged victim’s mother provided screenshots to investigators that indicates that the teenager was allegedly “highly intoxicated,” was “intimidated by all the suspects,” and sex with one of the men was not consensual.
In texts, the teen also said that the suspects told her a video was recorded and posted on Snapchat, where it was shared with other people, according to court documents.
CBS 6 is not releasing the names of the suspects in the case as no charges have been filed as of yet.
The Strasburg Fire Departmenthas been reached for comment about this investigation, but they declined.
Mayor Orndorff says that all five firefighters are still serving with the department, but said if charges are filed, they will take appropriate action.
Strasburg is a small town located in Shenandoah County in northwestern Virginia.