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Former Garner Rescue chief faces sex assault charge

Posted October 15, 2010

— Police on Friday charged the former chief of Garner Rescue Squad in connection with an alleged sexual assault last month.

William J. Frederick surrendered to Garner police Friday evening after they issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of sexual battery, according to police Lt. Chris Hagwood. He was released Friday evening after posting a $2,000 bond.

Frederick resigned last month, six days after a woman alleged that she had been attacked in the rescue squad's former offices on Seventh Avenue in Garner.

At the time, Frederick told the chairman of the squad's board of directors that he was leaving for personal reasons.

In 1996, Frederick resigned from the Sanford Police Department amid allegations that he traded leniency on criminal charges for sexual favors. He was later convicted of attempted obstruction of justice and was placed on probation.

The sex assault probe prompted Garner officials to prematurely end its contract with the squad for search and rescue services.

The Garner Volunteer Fire Department took over the services this month. Three full-time rescue squad workers became employees of the fire department, and the town assumed ownership of a heavy rescue truck, which it plans to sell.

Last May, Wake County EMS began providing emergency medical services in Garner because of the rescue squad's mounting financial difficulties.

Garner Rescue still provides non-emergency medical transportation services in the town.


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  • allie19 Oct 15, 2010

    And to think he made people go through psychological testing to be hired there? Kind of ironic.

  • doghousebrewery Oct 15, 2010

    RB---He was police Capt. in Sanford

  • Adelinthe Oct 15, 2010

    mshood - "The only thing worse than a sorry man is a sorry woman."

    Why is that?

    Why is a sorry woman worse than a sorry man???

    Seems like both are equally sorry to men.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Oct 15, 2010

    "In 1996, Frederick resigned from the Sanford Police Department amid allegations that he traded leniency on criminal charges for sexual favors."

    What kind of "leniency on criminal charges"?

    What kind of criminal charges would an EMT be in a position to be lenient on???

    God bless.


  • mshood7 Oct 15, 2010

    The only thing worse than a sorry man is a sorry woman. Lets all come clean. You can't fool God. So put it all out here if this is just one side, there has to be TWO!

  • mshood7 Oct 15, 2010

    I would like to know what the "patient" was complaining about? Something is missing is this. I would like to know why and how this opportunity to put one's career on the line for a moment of recklessness. Funny this man doesn't seem to be that stupid. I want to hear from the person who for what ever reason suddenly decided to call it quits ....Huh?

  • mshood7 Oct 15, 2010

    He said ... SHE SAID. What action will be taken against HER? Many of us are waiting for the next shoe to drop. The rest of the story ..please.

  • NoObamaCare Oct 15, 2010

    He took playing Doctor to a whole new level...

  • Rebelyell Oct 15, 2010

    How about a little insight about who and why hired him? Looks like someone really dropped the ball this time...pardon the pun

  • doinbizzness Oct 15, 2010

    my how some of u love to bash all the heroes just because of a few bad apples...do u ignorant people have any idea how many get accused and r exonerated...i wish i could read minds because u r the very people that i don't want to help.......

    Really ccacrabbitdog?.....I live in Lee Co. I know what kind of pervert this man is. People like you that think everyone is soooo innocent and are only accused of things need to get real. It's people like you that sit on juries and let animals like this walk free. What if it happens to your daughter? your Wife, even Yourself? I've hade the pleasure of following this perverts story for years, you on the other hand want to bash people for their hard stance on predators in our community. Shame on you! you live beside him... BTW I did!