Source: About a dozen involved in Fire Dept. sex allegations

A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex - including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors - over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman's account.

The alleged acts outlined in an official complaint filed last spring, the source said, included an instance in which a supervisor coerced her into a sex act and filmed it, and another in which two men locked her in an ambulance and ordered her to perform a sex act.

The paramedic, whom The Inquirer is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, says that from 2011, when she was in the academy, to last year, she was pressured or coerced multiple times into having sex or performing sex acts.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been investigating the matter since last year.

The accusations came to light when another Fire Department employee raised concerns with the department last year.

Fire officials referred the woman to the police Special Victims Unit last year, but she declined to talk to investigators.

The Fire Department then took the matter to the city's Inspector General's Office, which this month completed a report recommending disciplinary action, several sources said. The contents of the report have not been disclosed.

The woman, who is now on desk duty, declined to comment.

Mayor Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald, declined to discuss specifics of the case, save for this statement issued Friday:

"There is a disciplinary process consistent with and governed by labor agreements, past decisions of the Civil Service Commission, and the City Charter as well as the principles of due process.

"Allegations of this sort will be handled through this matrix. The administration will not respond to rumors."


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Inquirer staff writer Chris Hepp contributed to this article.