Volunteer firefighter says instructor beat and raped her
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter in New Jersey says in a lawsuit she was lured to her instructor’s home. where he bound, choked and raped her.
NJ.com reports the 26-year-old woman told investigators John Syers beat and sexually assaulted her.
A message was left with his attorney seeking comment.
The woman says Syers lured her to his Lacey Township home in September 2018 under the guise of giving her a tour. Her attorney says when the woman and Syers were looking at his bedroom, he “proceeded to beat, burn, sexually assault and strangle (her).”
The woman is a firefighter with Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department. She had been training at the Ocean County Fire Academy.
She says she became a volunteer firefighter after her own home burned down.
Officials in Ocean County did not return a call seeking comment from NJ.com.