Brookville firefighter out of jail, faces sex charges

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A Brookville firefighter posted $50,000 bond and is out of the Montgomery County Jail following his arrest on a sexual battery charge over the weekend.

“For a person that has been a good employee for the city, I can’t answer why this took place,” said Brookville Police Chief Doug Jerome.

Joshua Rawlins, 25, was booked into jail at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Jerome told 2 NEWS Rawlins is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl.  The incident was brought to his attention by the Brookville fire chief who said the teen is associated with the fire department, but would not elaborate.

Police brought Rawlins in for questioning Friday night, along with the teen, her parents, and witnesses. Jerome said after the interview process, there was enough probable cause to hold him in jail for 48 hours.

The case was presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor Sunday morning.

Rawlins faces two felony counts of sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of sexual imposition.  He is currently on administrative leave from the department.

According to Brookville City Council Minutes, Rawlins was the 2012 Firefighter of the Year.

“I’ve always found him to be a good guy,” Jerome said about his experience with Rawlins.

Rawlins also served as a firefighter for Butler Township and Trotwood.

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