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Two Texas Fire Chiefs Accused Of Trying To Keep Assault Quiet

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — Court records say the chief and assistant chief of a volunteer fire department in a small town south of Dallas knew of a sexual assault at their station, but didn’t report it to authorities and instructed the suspects and victim not to report it.

The fire chief, 31-year-old Gavin Satterfield, and assistant fire chief, 34-year-old Billy Getzendaner, were arrested Thursday and released on bond. They face charges of tampering with a witness.

Ellis County Emergency Services District 6, which oversees the department, suspended the chiefs Thursday.

Five firefighters were arrested Monday on aggravated sexual assault charges in an attack described by a prosecutor as a “rite of initiation” at Emergency Service District 6 Volunteer Fire Department in Waxahachie.

Getzendaner didn’t return a message. A number for Satterfield wasn't located.