Former Columbia firefighter released from jail on bond

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Former Columbia firefighter Joseph Roush pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Roush was arrested Tuesday, July 5, in connection with the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old.

After being arrested by Columbia police, he confessed to his role in the incident, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

According to the probable cause statement, Roush said he was involved in some parts of incident but denied involvement in others.

Roush had been employed by the Columbia Fire Department since 2002, and he worked his way from firefighter to an engineer through the past nine years, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.

Roush was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, and his preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. July 20, according to court records.

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