A volunteer fire police officer with the New Cumberland Fire Department faces sexual assault charges stemming from allegations that he assaulted a junior firefighter at his home.
Police charged James Walter Ainsworth III, 25, of New Cumberland, Friday with three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 16, four counts of sexual assault by volunteer or employee of nonprofit, and one felony count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse forcible compulsion, criminal attempt of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault of someone younger than 16 and corruption of minors, as well as a misdemeanor corruption of minors charge.
The charges stem from incidents that happened in 2017 and were reported this past August after a junior firefighter spoke to Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Gouldy of the New Cumberland Fire Department.
After receiving a complaint from the junior firefighter about inappropriate contact, Gouldy reported the complaint to New Cumberland Borough Police, police said in an affidavit of probable cause. Gouldy reported that Ainsworth sent the junior firefighter text messages that made the boy uncomfortable. Gouldy then showed police the screenshots provided by the junior firefighter.
When police interviewed the junior firefighter on Aug. 23, he initially reported and showed police some of the messages where Ainsworth requested they hang out like they did before. The messages also included the boy refusing, noting he was underage and didn’t want to be involved in rumors, according the affidavit.
At the time, the boy reported to police that Ainsworth had asked for nude photographs and that he knew Ainsworth had asked other junior firefighters to send him pictures. The boy said he felt someone might get hurt and he wanted to report it.
According to the affidavit, police brought Ainsworth in for an interview on Oct. 6. Ainsworth said that as a volunteer fire police officer he interacts with junior firefighters and assists in training sessions that they also attend. He also said he communicates with them on Facebook, Snapchat and sometimes Instagram.
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When asked specifically about the boy, Ainsworth admitted to performing oral sex on him and making the boy perform oral sex on him on three occasions at his house in 2017 before the boy took a break from the fire department, according to the affidavit. Ainsworth also admitted to receiving a nude photo on his cellphone, but said he didn’t have that phone or image any longer.
Police interviewed the junior firefighter again last week, and the boy broke down crying, explaining that he met Ainsworth when he first joined the fire department as a junior firefighter and that they hung out, according to the affidavit. The boy said his parents wouldn’t allow him or his siblings to have a cellphone and Ainsworth told him he would give him one if they would be intimate together, court documents say.
The boy said he went to Ainsworth’s house where Ainsworth performed oral sex and tried to have anal sex with him, but the boy yelled at him to stop when it hurt too much, and Ainsworth stopped, according to the affidavit. The boy said he did not want to engage in intercourse with Ainsworth, and Ainsworth did give him a cellphone, court documents say.
Ainsworth was arraigned on the charges Friday in front of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Birbeck who denied bail. Ainsworth remains in Cumberland County Prison.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 30.
A woman who answered the phone at the New Cumberland Fire Department said they are not giving any information out at this time regarding Ainsworth.