12 Members of DC Fire Have Been Arrested Since October

Two D.C. fire department employees were arrested this week, one on drug charges, another on a sex assault charge, reports NBC Washington.

Lt. Henry Dent, who was stationed at Engine 28 in Northwest, was arrested in St. Mary's County Friday on prescription drug charges related to possession of oxycodone, according to a DC Fire & EMS spokesperson. Dent was in full uniform when police arrested him outside a pharmacy, police said. A search uncovered 47 pain pills, 18 fake prescriptions and six empty prescription bottles in his car.

A D.C. firefighter was also arrested earlier this week on a charge of second-degree sexual assault. His name has not been released.

Since October, at least 13 members of DC Fire & EMS have been arrested for various charges. Twelve are either on administrative leave or in the process of being dismissed. The other has resigned.

"There have been a number of firefighters recently who have been arrested, and it's at a level now that we have to take a different approach to this," Deputy Mayor Paul Quander said.

The charges include DUI, domestic violence, illegal firearms, drugs, selling stolen goods and sexual assault.

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