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Coventry fire chief accused of sexual harassment

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COVENTRY, CT (WFSB) -

The Coventry fire chief is facing accusations of sexual harassment after workers at the Dunkin Donuts in town complained to police about vulgar comments he made on several occasions.

According to Town Manager John Elsesser, Joseph Carilli cannot be prosecuted for criminal conduct. However, the chief is under investigation by the volunteer fire association board of directors.

A memo obtained by Eyewitness News indicates that on four separate occasions employees were harassed by the fire chief. The memo said he "looked up and down" at a woman's back and butt and said "I'm just enjoying the view."

"It is my opinion that Chief Carilli has not conducted himself in an appropriate manner, especially in light of his being in Department-issued clothing and vehicles at various times of the incidents. Junior members were also present," Elsesser said in a statement to the town council.

In 1985, Carilli, who remains chief at this time, was convicted of a sexual offense against a 14-year-old and served an eight-month prison sentence.

One man told Eyewitness News that Carilli, who is a long-time member of the fire department, often crosses the line with Dunkin Donuts employees.

"Whether he was on or off duty, it's unacceptable behavior and a person in his position of authority should not be conducting himself in that manner," the man said.

Carilli would not talk with Eyewitness News on Friday.

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