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2013 Top Story: Scandal at Fire Station 8

Firefighter arrests for abuse and prostitution make the scandal that rocked Fire Station 8 number two on our list.
We continue our look back at the top stories of 2013.  We all remember when news broke this summer of several Shreveport firefighters being arrested and fired. The scandal that rocked Fire Station 8 comes in at number two.
 
During the heat of summer, allegations of abuse and prostitution ignited a scandal at Fire Station 8. Seven firefighters were investigated for playing cruel pranks on two mentally challenged men who spent time at the station.  They were also accused of of paying a prostitute to have sex with one of the men.
 
“Obviously as mayor, I am disturbed and concerned about what's been reported," said Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover.
 
"If this happened at one of our fire stations, yes, to say that I'm disappointed would be an understatement," added Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford.
 
In the end, five firefighters were arrested and four of them fired. Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson, Billy Glass and Jason Vaughan pleaded "not guilty" to "cruelty to the infirm" and "principal to prostitution" charges.  All four were fired.
 
Randy Chandler pleaded not guilty to his one charge of "cruelty to the infirm."  Clint Richardson's attorney, Peter Flowers, says these firefighters are being unjustly accused.
 
"If you take it for what it is, which is isolated incidents over a period of years, by a number of different people, then it's not such a substantial amount of material," said Flowers.
 
John Settle, Captain Derrick Harris' attorney, says not everyone who faces charges was involved.
 
“As this unravels, I think we'll actually find out who did what, but at least two or three of the firefighters  were fired just for having knowledge of an instance and not for participation in it," said Settle.
 
The firefighters will appeal their termination at a hearing in April.

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