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It seems as if every day the world slips further into depravity and people that were once held in high regard as heroes are all too often assuming the role of villain. Two Vermont firefighters have been charged with aggravated s*xual assault and slave trafficking for coercing little boys with gifts in exchange for s*xual pleasure.
Thirty-nine-year-old Frank Meyer of West Haven, Conn. and 42-year-old Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, Vt., both served as firefighters at different levels in their respective cities.; however, their superhero persona is shattered after a young man came forward about their twisted past. Police are reporting that a 25-year-old man presented claims that Bartolotta and Meyer had been s*xually assaulting him since he was 12-years-old. According to court documents, the then-12-year-old-boy was “suspended from Bartolotta’s ceiling with ropes, wrapped in cellophane.”
The assaults began after the two men bribed the young boy with gifts such as a dirt bike and a hunting bow. Bartolotta offered the then-child a spot on his racing team and included a bike in the deal as long as he made weekly payments. When the child missed a payment, Bartolotta told the boy that he could give him s*xual favors as opposed to monetary payments. A year into this “relationship,” Bartolotta introduced the boy to Meyers and they began to bring other young boys and have them perform s*x acts on each other as well as them.
The allegations have left many associates stunned. “We’re just kinda in shock because we’d never expect it in a million years,” said Meyer’s neighbor Debbie Papin. West Haven Center Fire District Chief James O’Brien told Eyewitness News that Meyer is a top-notch firefighter, even considered the “go to” guy. “Everyone was above board and professional,” O’Brien said. Meyers ran a program that assisted teens who aspire to become firefighters. Parents whose teens participate in the organization told Eyewitness News they were just floored. “I’ve never seen or heard anything that would ever given one a clue something would have been going on,” said Meyer’s other neighbor John Correia.
Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss
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