Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Rape

Incident started with a text message

By Michelle Tetu
|  Sunday, May 15, 2011  |  Updated 11:52 AM EDT
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A firefighter with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department in Spotsylvania County, Virginia has been charged with raping a 13 year-old girl.

Darcy Spencer

A firefighter with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department in Spotsylvania County, Virginia has been charged with raping a 13 year-old girl.

A firefighter with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department in Spotsylvania County, Virginia has been charged with raping a 13 year-old girl.

The victim thought she was texting a friend Friday night, but the message went to a wrong number and was received by volunteer firefighter Justin Neil Baber, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office.

The teenager's text message was a simple "Hi," to which Baber allegedly responded "Hey who is this?"   The two then had a brief text conversation during which the teenager stated she didn't know him, police say. Baber then asked if she lived in Spotsylvania and could sneak out and meet him.

The teen met Baber later that evening, according to a police press release. She later told a counselor that he was driving a white police type vehicle with radios in it. Investigators say Baber was driving a fire department response vehicle.

Baber, 23, from Spotsylvania has been arrested. He is in jail with no bond.

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