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Firefighter arrested for using an object for sexual penetration on a young girl

By Mason White 3:45 PM February 11, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man in Virginia, turned himself in to police after he was wanted for child sex abuse.

The Petersburg firefighter has been placed on leave after being arrested for the sex charges against a 16-year-old girl.

John Wesley Hollowell was placed on administrative leave from the Petersburg Fire Department pending the outcome of legal proceedings, according to city spokeswoman Joanne Williams.

Hollowell was arrested for object sexual penetration of a child against her will.

“They (firefighters) are supposed to be a good role model for the community, he should know better,” Tammy Edwards, the mother of a young girl, said.

Hollowell is being held without bail at the Meherrin River Regional Jail.