LaFlash placed on paid administrative leave

📸Auburn Fire Rescue Department photo

STURBRIDGE — A local firefighter is off the job after multiple counts of assault and battery have been filed against him after allegedly assaulting a civilian dispatcher.

Adam LaFlash was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery, and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. LaFlash, a lieutenant with the Auburn Fire Rescue Department and a part-time employee of the Sturbridge Fire Department, was released on bail and ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.

The charges stem from an incident while working in Sturbridge over the weekend, at which time LaFlash allegedly kissed and groped a female civilian dispatcher who had reportedly objected multiple times to his advances.

Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman, Jr., confirmed in a press release on Tuesday afternoon that LaFlash has been placed on paid administrative leave while the matter is handled through the legal system.

“We are aware of the allegations against one of our members that occurred in the Town of Sturbridge while working secondary employment with the Sturbridge Fire Department,” Coleman stated. “The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of court proceedings as well as our own internal investigation on the matter.”

Coleman added: “As this is a personnel matter, we will not comment further until this case makes its way through the court system and all investigations are complete.”

According to the Auburn Fire Rescue Department’s website, LaFlash joined the department in 2009 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2017. His profile on the department’s website notes that LaFlash, a graduate of Anna Maria College, serves as EMS Training Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator, and Assistant Public Information Officer. He previously served as a call firefighter in Dudley before becoming a career firefighter in Oxford in 2006.

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