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Posted on: December 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Fire Officials Charged with not Reporting Suspected Abuse of a Junior Firefighter

Police have charged two Willow Street men with not reporting sexual contact with a child, which they were not involved in, but were aware of in 2009 when they were fire officials of rank.

Michael T. Topper, 44, and Anthony Todd, 50, were rank officers with the West Willow Fire Department in 2009, when an underage girl - a junior firefighter then - made them aware of illegal contact with a 23-year-old male firefighter.

That firefighter, Stanley K. Todd, was charged earlier this year with having sexual contact with three underage girls.

Topper and Anthony Todd had reason to believe there was sexual contact between Stanley Todd and one of those girls. However, they didn’t report it to police, according to Southern Regional police who filed charges this week.

Topper and Anthony Todd were required to report the suspected abuse because they were rank officers and the girl was a junior firefighter, under their guidance and training.

Topper and Anthony Todd are charged with failure to report suspected child abuse, a third-degree misdemeanor. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Sarno approved the filing of the charges.

The men have been mailed charges and summons to appear in court later this month. Southern Regional police Officer Dianne Carter filed the charges.

Stanley Todd, 29, is at Lancaster County Prison on $500,000 bail.

All are presumed innocent.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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