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Fire chief steps down amid son’s sexual assault case

Picture: Kevin Wells allegedly sexually assaulted a junior member of Plainfield Fire Department. He was arrested August 31. Credit: Plainfield police

PLAINFIELD–  Plainfield’s fire chief has resigned his position after his son was charged with sexually assaulting a junior member of the volunteer department.

The Norwich Bulletin reports Chief Ralph Wells resigned Wednesday and Deputy Chief Larry Loomis has been appointed interim chief.

Wells’ son, Kevin Wells, is a captain in the department. He was charged in August with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old had sex with a 17-year-old female cadet, including once in the firehouse.

It is illegal for a supervisor to have a sexual relationship with any subordinate under the age of 18.

Fire District President Michael Surprenant says Ralph Wells remains a member of the department.

Kevin Wells is due in Superior Court on Oct. 17.