Former Volunteer Firefighter To Stand Trial
ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A former Brentwood volunteer firefighter will stand trial.
During a preliminary hearing, Judge Beth Mills held 40-year-old Jerome Kirsch, Jr., over for trial on charges including indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child endangerment, criminal solicitation and corruption of minors.
He was arrested in December.
Two teens testified that Kirsch had sexual contact with them back in 2005 when they were about 11-years old.
They say Kirsch, who has previously denied the allegations, took sexual liberties with them while he was in a relationship with one of the boys’ mothers.
However, one boy testified Kirsch had intercourse with them in a bedroom while the other testified there was no intercourse.
Kirsch wouldn’t comment after the hearing. The assistant district attorney also declined comment. Kirsch’s attorney Blaine Jones said inconsistencies showed the events didn’t happen.
Kirsch has said this is part of a custody dispute he has with the mother of one of the alleged victims with whom he has other children. Both boys testified their mothers knew about these alleged sexual assaults as far back as 2005, but did not come forward to police until 2010.