Five Ellis County volunteer firefighters were arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault following a hazing incident in January, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety arrest affidavit released Tuesday.
Five volunteer firefighters and a woman accused of recording the January incident on her cell phone face charges.
During the hazing incident, a male was assaulted with a broomstick and a sausage at an Ellis County volunteer fire station southwest of Waxahachie while firefighters watched, laughed and yelled, according to the affidavit.
The five suspects were identified as: Alec Miller, 28, of Waxahachie; Casey Stafford, 30, of Midlothian; Keith Wisakowsky, 26, of Waxahachie; Preston Peyrot, 19, of Waxahachie; and Blake Tucker, 19, of Midlothian.
DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said the woman recording the video, Brittany Parten, 23, of Waxahachie faces charges of improper photography or visual recording. She is not a firefighter, officials told the Star Telegram.
All six were arrested Monday night. Several had posted bail by Tuesday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers began their investigation into the incident March 31, when the sexual assault victim reported the incident to a deputy with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. The rangers began the investigation at the request of the Ellis County district attorney’s office.
The victim told the deputy that he had been sexually assaulted Jan. 20 at the Ellis County Emergency Service District No. 6 volunteer fire station at 1816 Farm Road 66, the Star Telegram added.
The affidavit says the male victim was bent over a couch and held there with force, facedown, for the assault.
The victim then threw up after he was released and crawled to a bathroom nearby, according to the affidavit. While he showered, someone took away his clothing.
He exited the bathroom wearing only a towel when Tucker took it away, the affidavit said.
After the assault was reported last week, Texas Ranger Adam Sweaney received the cell phone footage, according to the affidavit.