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Former Pa. fire police officer sentenced for sexually assaulting junior firefighter

James W. Ainsworth III, 26, will spend three to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a child under the age of 16

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James W. Ainsworth III, a former New Cumberland fire police officer, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated indecent assault of a junior firefighter.

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Matt Miller

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. — A former fire police officer for the New Cumberland Fire Department has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage boy who was a junior firefighter.

Cumberland County Judge Jessica E. Brewbaker imposed that punishment four months after James W. Ainsworth III, 26, of New Oxford, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated indecent assault of someone under 16.

New Cumberland police arrested Ainsworth in October 2019. He was accused of performing sex acts with the boy at his home in 2017 and of requesting nude photos of the teen.

Police said they began investigating after being alerted by fire company officials that the boy had accused Ainsworth of sexual abuse.


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