Firefighter indicted for sexual assault

David Wilber

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Portland firefighter accused of sexually assaulting a child.

At the request of 18th District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI Agents began investigating David Wilber on March 3. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that on several occasions between August 2014 and August 2015, Wilber was the individual responsible for the sexual assault of a child.

On March 7, the Sumner County Grand Jury returned indictments charging the 37-year-old Portland man with three counts of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure. Today, authorities arrested him and booked him into the Sumner County Jail on $20,000 bond, where he posted bond and was immediately released.

Mayor Ken Wilber explained that on Wednesday, March 2, the Portland Police Department had received an allegation of some inappropriate action between David Wilber and a female minor. The TBI was asked by the District Attorney's office to conduct the investigation. According to the information shared with the Mayor, David Wilber confessed to some inappropriateness. Fire Chief Al West and Mayor Wilber immediately suspended David Wilber with pay, pending the outcome of the charges; on Monday morning, March 7, he turned in

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his letter of resignation, effective immediately.

The Department of Children's Services took out a protective order against him on March 4 so that he could not have contact with his four children who live in Portland. That order of protection expired at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

The indictments from the Sumner County Grand Jury accuse David Wilber of knowingly having "unlawful contact with [redacted] who was thirteen years of age or older but less than eighteen years of age, by intentionally placing his hand on the victim's vaginal area, and David L. Wilber, at the time of the offense, had parental or custodial authority over the victim and used such authority to accomplish the sexual contact, against the peace and dignity of the State of Tennessee."

"Further questions regarding the ex-firefighter should be directed to officials at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and/or 18th Judicial District Attorney General Ray Whitley," Mayor Wilber said.

David Wilber was hired by the City of Portland as a full-time firefighter in 2010.

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