September 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Fire Official Fined For Birthday Spank

Compiled From Wire Services

A fire department officer in suburban Dayton said he was only kidding around when he spanked a female firefighter on her birthday.

But a judge called it a crime.

Edward A. Lovett, 38, was found guilty of disorderly conduct and fined $100 Friday.

Lovett admitted in court that he asked Amy Danielle Lucas, 20, “if she had been a good girl” and gave her a “birthday swat” June 17 at a fire station.

Lucas testified she was frightened when Lovett pulled her onto a couch and spanked her.

Officials hit Lovett with a 30-day suspension and demoted him from captain to lieutenant.

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