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Five volunteer Texas firefighters have been charged with sexually assaulting a new male recruit with a chorizo sausage while a female firefighter allegedly videoed the the attack on her cellphone.
The six were taken into custody on Monday after the victim came forward to report the alleged attack at the Emergency Service District 6 Volunteer Fire Department in Waxahachie, which he claims took place in January.
In the recording, the men can be heard 'yelling and laughing with excitement' while the victim is held down and bent over a couch while they first try and use a broomstick and then decide upon the sausage.
Five men ranging in age from 19 to 30 were charged Monday with aggravated sexual assault, while a 23-year-old woman was charged with improper visual recording for using a cellphone to videotape the assault, an arrest warrant affidavit showed.
At least one of the suspects is a lieutenant with the Emergency Services District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department in Waxahachie.
Alec Miller, 28, posted a $75,000 bond and was released on Tuesday from the Ellis County jail.
According to the department's Facebook page, Miller was named the department's 2014 officer of the year.
Online jail records did not indicate an attorney who could respond to the charges on Miller's behalf.
Collusion: Blake Jerold Tucker, 19 (left) was one of five men who held down the unidentified victim while Brittany Leanne Parten, 23, filmed the incident on her cellphone
Brittany Leanne Parten is the woman accused of recording the incident. Ellis County Judge Carol Bush said in a statement released to the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper that Parten is not a firefighter with the department.
Home phone numbers could not be found for Miller or Parten. Calls to the department Tuesday went unanswered, and the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to comment beyond a statement it released announcing the arrests.
The affidavit says that on Jan. 20, the victim was held down at the fire station as the men attempted to sodomize him with a broomstick. One of the men then went to a refrigerator and retrieved a sausage that was used to sexually assault him.
Scene: This is Emergency Services District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department in Waxahachie where the alleged assault took place
The victim told investigators he threw up in a bathroom after he was released, the affidavit said.
Afterwards he had a shower and the men stole his clothes and fored him to run outside naked to fetch a pair of shorts from his car.
Neither the Texas Rangers, who are leading the investigation, nor the affidavit, give a motive for the assault. But Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said "it was some sort of rite of initiation" for a new recruit.
Bush, the Ellis County judge, said in a statement to The Associated Press that it's her understanding that other regional fire departments are making sure there are enough firefighters to respond to emergencies in light of the arrests