Former chief Joseph Michael Carilli (l) and Lt. Joe Fragoso (r).
When Joseph Carilli became chief of Connecticut’s Coventry Volunteer Fire Association in 2006 he made the news. That’s because Carilli had served eight months in prison in 1985 when he was 24-years-old after being accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. According to Courant.com, Carilli told reporters in 2006, “It was a very bad situation and it should have never occurred. I’ve changed my life 180 degrees since then.” If the news over the last six months is any guide, it appears Chief Carilli really changed his life 360 degrees.
First, was his forced resignation as chief in September after the store manager and two employees of Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street claimed that on several occaisions Chief Carilli used language that made them uncomfortable. And now, the 53-year-old Carilli, who remained training officer for the department, is under arrest again. Carilli and Lieutenant Joe Fragoso, age 35. are accused of having sexual contact with some of the department’s junior firefighters, ages 14 to 17.
Police have charged Joseph Michael Carilli, 55 of Coventry, the department’s training officer, with sexual assault in the second degree and risk of injury to a minor. Joe Fragoso, 35 of Coventry, a second lieutenant, was charged with second-degree sexual assault.
Police said the investigation revealed that both subjects had been having sexual relations with members of the CVFA Junior Firefighter program, where 14-to-17-year-old teens participate in training, emergency calls and public education.
Police said the fire fighters turned themselves in at the Coventry Police Department after learning that there were warrants for their arrest.
Fragoso has been a fire lieutenant with the department since June 2012.
Police said their investigation found that both men had sexual relations with members of the department’s Junior Firefighter program.
Police said the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association’s current leadership cooperated with the police investigation.
Coventry Police Chief Mark Palmer said the investigation continues and asked that anyone with further information call police at 860-742-7331 and ask for Sgt. Michael McDonagh or Det. Michael Hicks.
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