Former Conn. Fire Chief Gets Prison Time for Sex With Junior Firefighter

Joseph Carilli
Joseph Carilli – Coventry Police Department

The former chief of Coventry, Connecticut’s volunteer fire department was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for having a sexual relationship with a teenage member of the department’s junior firefighter program.

Carilli was arrested in March 2013 after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-15-year-old girl and impregnating her.

According to The Hartford Courant, Carilli admitted to police that he had sex with the girl in several locations in the firehouse, in an additional fire facility, and in his home. He claimed the girl blackmailed him into the relationship.

Despite being sentenced to 20 years, Joseph Carilli, 54, will only serve 10 years in prison. The remainder of his sentence suspended. He’ll also serve 10 years of probation.


This was not Carilli’s first brush with the law, nor was it the first time he had been accused of a crime of this nature. Carilli served eight months in prison in 1985 after being convicted of “sexual offenses’’ against a 14-year-old girl.

In 2012, Carilli was accused of sexually harassing workers at a local Dunkin’ Donuts in the presence of members of the junior firefighters program. He remained on the force as a training officer, but resigned his position as fire chief.

Carilli isn’t the only member of Coventry’s volunteer fire department accused of having sex with a minor. Joe Fragoso, 35, was arrested with Carilli in March 2013 and accused of having sex with a 16-year-old member of the junior firefighter program. Fragoso, a second lieutenant, admitted to a relationship with the girl but denied that they had sex. He explained that he suffered from erectile dysfunction.

Coventry’s junior firefighter program was suspended in 2013.

Coventry fire officials declined’s request for a comment.

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