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Woman at center of fire station scandal speaks out

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The 26-year-old woman, who does not want be identified, says she feels bad that it happened, and that she is cooperating with the investigation. The 26-year-old woman, who does not want be identified, says she feels bad that it happened, and that she is cooperating with the investigation.
Captain Derrick Harris, engineer Billy Glass, and firefighters Jason Vaughn and Clint Richardson are all charged with cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution. Captain Derrick Harris, engineer Billy Glass, and firefighters Jason Vaughn and Clint Richardson are all charged with cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The woman alleged to have had sex with a mentally challenged man at Shreveport's Fire Station 8 says she did not know he was mentally challenged.

The 26-year-old woman, who does not want be identified, says she feels bad that it happened, and that she is cooperating with the investigation. "They should get punished for what they did. Because this little incident done brought a lot of things out that was needing to be known anyway."

Captain Derrick Harris, engineer Billy Glass, and firefighters Jason Vaughn and Clint Richardson are all charged with cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution. Late Friday, the Shreveport Fire Department released a brief statement announcing that all four had been fired.

The charges stem from allegations that the firefighters chipped in to pay the woman to have sex with a severely mentally challenged 58-year-old man who has been described as a "mascot" for Fire Station 8. He has also been described as a longtime friend of the firefighters, who hung around a lot and helped out wherever he could.

According to the affidavit filed in Caddo District Court requesting an arrest warrant for Derrick Harris, the mentally challenged man had sex with the woman in the restroom at the fire station while Harris and four others looked on.

While she admits having sex with the man, the woman tells KSLA News 12 that he appeared to be just one of the guys. She says she knew Derrick Harris and that it was Harris that introduced her to the man, who was riding on a fire truck and dressed in a firefighter's uniform the first time they met.

"No I did not know that. I didn't know him. I just met him through them. I seen him with firefighter suits on. Because they had him dressed up like he's a firefighter, so how do I, I think, I know ain't nobody gone be mentally challenged working at a fire department."

According to the court documents, the woman told investigators that Harris told her when the investigation started to deny any such incident happened. "They just told me once we been questioned and they are taking us down one by one and we are all sticking together.  We gone tell ain't nothing really happen."

She says she does plan to testify if needed. "Without me they didn't have anything because the firefighters was saying that didn't happen."

While she says she just wants to move on with her life, she wants to set the record straight.

According to court documents, the firefighters are also accused of subjecting that man and another disabled adult male to cruel pranks that included stranding them on the roof of the fire station and forcing them to drink human urine.

A fifth firefighter, Randy Chandler, has been charged with cruelty to the infirm. All are free on bond. Only Harris has appeared in court so far, pleading not guilty to the charges.

According to the Shreveport Fire Department statement released Friday, 3-year veteran firefighter Logan Kerr was also disciplined, but not fired. Kerr returned to duty on Tuesday, August 27.

A sixth firefighter, Captain Todd Olague, was cleared of wrongdoing and also returned to duty on August 27.

Neither Kerr or Olague were arrested or charged in connection with the case.

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