Calif. firefighter arrested during child predator sting

The firefighter allegedly drove a U.S. Forest Service engine to a meeting site and later resigned from the agency

By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1 Staff

FRESNO, Calif. — One of the 19 men arrested last week in an undercover operation after allegedly trying to meet with a minor to have sex was working as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, NBC San Diego reported.

Mark McGill Jr., 38, had been assigned to the El Cariso Fire Station in Riverside County, under the direction of the Rancho Bernardo-based Cleveland National Forest.

McGill drove a fire department engine to a meeting site under the impression he would meet with a teen girl, according to Fresno County Sheriff spokesperson Tony Botti.

The firefighter has submitted his resignation, and the forest service accepted it.

McGill has posted bond and was released from jail. He is slated to appear in court at a later date.

The sheriff’s department did not specify which charges McGill is facing.

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