Former Acting Fire Chief to appear in court

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UPDATE 12/18:

According to officials, Ronald Walker is set to make an appearance in court on Tuesday after being charged with sexual abuse of a coworker.

As of Friday, he was terminated from his position at the Moundsville Fire Department after a closed hearing.

Walker is charged with the sexual abuse of a coworker, and will be in Marshall County Magistrate Court Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.

He is reportedly still a member of the Cameron City Council.

Stay with 7News for updates.

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UPDATE 12/15:

According to City Attorney Thomas White, Ronald Walker Jr. has been terminated from his position as Moundsville’s Acting Fire Chief.

Walker was accused recently of sexual abuse. He turned himself in on December 8th, and has been free on bond.

According to White, a civil service board decided to terminate Walker following a recommendation from Moundsville City Manager Deanna Hess.

He was named Acting Chief just weeks ago, after the death of former chief Noel Clarke, and has been with the Moundsville Fire Department for 18 years.

He is also a member of Cameron City Council.

He is expected to appear before Magistrate McLaughlin before the end of the year.

Stay with 7News for more details.

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UPDATE (1:00 p.m)

According to Moundsville City Manager Deanna Hess, Acting Fire Chief Ron Walker Jr. has been suspended indefinitely with pay.

His status is currently pending his termination hearing.

Walker has officially been charged with first degree sexual abuse, according to the Marshall County Magistrate’s office.

According to officials, Walker has been with the Moundsville Fire Department for 18 years. He was named Acting Chief just weeks ago, after the death of former chief Noel Clarke.

He was also reportedly a member of the Cameron City Council.

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ORIGINAL:

Acting Moundsville Fire Chief Ronald Ralph Walker Jr. has been arraigned on serious sexual misconduct charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Walker grabbed a the hand of a person that he reportedly knew and placed it on his exposed penis for the purpose of sexual gratification on November 1st, 2017.

The event reportedly occurred in the parking lot of the Moundsville City Building.

Walker reportedly turned himself in to the West Virginia State Police early Friday morning in connection to unlawfully and feloniously subjecting a person to sexual contact without their consent.

He was later arraigned by Magistrate Kerwood.

The complaint said Walker has offered a confession regarding the event.

Walker has posted his $10,000 bond and is expected to have a hearing with Magistrate McLaughlin before the end of the year.

Stay with 7News for updates on this story.

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