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Former firefighter sues AFD

March 30, 2004

Albany -- Joseph Pait is suing the City of Albany, Fire Chief James Arrowood and Assistant Chief James Carswell, to get his old job back.

Pait was a 14-year veteran and a lieutenant with the Albany Fire Department when he was suspended in May 2002. That was when the 39-year-old Pait was arrested for child molestation.

He was acquitted of those charges in August. In December Pait plead guilty to two counts of theft by taking and one count of criminal trespass in Lee County and the Fire Department fired him December 24th.

Pait's lawyer Maurice L. King Jr. said "Using the second incident to terminate him basically as a pretext to terminate him, because of the allegations of child molestation. And since he was exonerated on those charges, our position is he deserves his job back."

In his suit, Pait is asking for his job back, and all back pay, plus fifty thousand dollars for damages.

Judge Willie Lockette is expected to hold a hearing on the suit in the next 90 days.

posted at 4:17 PM by jimw@walb.com