Fire Department Says Firefighter No Longer Employed after Arrest
COLUMBIA - Columbia fire officials said Thursday the firefighter arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor is no longer employed by the city. Joseph B. Roush was arrested Tuesday and is now out on $100,000 bond.
According to police public relations officer Latisha Stroer, Roush is accused of touching the bare breast of a 15-year-old family member. He is also accused of taking lewd photos and exposing his genitals to the family member.
Columbia employed Roush for the past nine years. Roush was hired as a firefighter in 2002 and worked his way up to a driver/engineer position.
The incident was reported July 4 at around 11:45 p.m. Roush was taken into custody July 5 at around 6:20 a.m.
According to the Columbia Police Department, after being arrested, Roush admitted his involvement in the incident.
A counsel status hearing is scheduled for July 12 and the preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 20.