Firefighters accused of gang raping teen girl in Va. charged with delinquency of a minor

Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department. (WJLA)

STRASBURG, Va. (WJLA) - When the story of an alleged gang rape started to surface and ABC7 was in the small town of Strasburg, Virginia, no one wanted to talk. People were shocked, ashamed and some didn’t want to believe it. Now, Wednesday morning, six firefighters, including the chief and captain of the volunteer fire department, have been charged.

But they were not charged with a sex crime. Instead, they have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This is a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

The investigation dates back to April 2016 when a concerned citizen notified the mayor of an alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl that occurred at a home, hotel and the only firehouse in the town. The teen’s mother provided investigators with screenshots of videos that were shared on Snapchat. The charged men include Chief Dale King and Capt. Christopher Pangle. The ages of the men accused range from 21 to 36.

The teen claims she was highly intoxicated that night, highly intimidated and the sex with at least one man was non-consensual.

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