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February 14, 2013 Local News No Comments
Both men are members of the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association, which is commonly referred to as the South Coventry Fire Department.

Joseph Michael Carilli (left) and Joe Fragoso (right) have been charged with sexual assault. Both men are members of the South Coventry Fire Department. Photos provided by Coventry CT Police. Composite by HTNP.com

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Coventry Police report that two firefighters were arrested today (Feb. 14) for sexual assault.

Police arrested Joseph Michael Carilli, 53, of 131 Wangumbaug Drive, Coventry, CT and Joe Fragoso, 35, of 490 Root Road, Coventry, CT

Carilli is charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. His bail is set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned today at Rockville Superior Court.

Fragoso is charged with second-degree sexual assault. His bail is set at $250,000; he was released after posting a surety bond. His court date is set for Feb. 27, 2013 at Rockville Superior Court.

Police say both men turned themselves in at the Coventry Police Department after learning that there were warrants for their arrest.

Both men are members of the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association, which is commonly referred to as the South Coventry Fire Department.

Joseph Carilli was fire chief from June 2006 to November 30, 2012 after which he became the department’s Training Officer.

Joe Fragoso has been a fire lieutenant at that department since June 2012.

Police say an investigation revealed that both men had been having sexual relations with members of the CVFA Junior Firefighter program.

Police say the current leadership of the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association cooperated with the police investigation, which is still ongoing, and police urge anyone with relevant information to call 860-742-7331 and speak with Sgt. Michael McDonagh or Detective Michael Hicks.

Posted February 14, 2013

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