Kingsville, Ont. fire chief charged with sexual assault, exploitation
'We're assuring the public that our emergency services are not going to be impacted,' mayor Nelson Santos says
Kingsville, Ont. fire chief, Robert Kissner, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation.
Essex County Provincial Police say they were called to investigate the 60-year-old fire chief for an alleged incident involving sexual assault against a minor.
Nelson Santos, the town's mayor, said the charges put Kingsville in a very difficult position.
"We're assuring the public that our emergency services are not going to be impacted," he said.
Jeff Dean has been chosen as acting fire chief. Dean had been the deputy fire chief for the Kingsville Fire Department. The department has not responded to requests for an interview.
"We certainly respect both the experience that our fire chief provided in his career to our community and neighbouring communities," Santos said. "This circumstance is something that needs to be addressed through the court system. This again is a very serious charge, we're very concerned for both the claimant and our fire chief."
Kissner was set to appear at a bail hearing Sunday. He is expected to appear in court at a later date.
OPP are asking anyone with information to contact the Essex detachment.