A Sturgis firefighter has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl.
Joshua Jason Snyder, 36, is facing four charges of criminal sexual conduct.
Prosecutors say he allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of his daughter's friends/ The victim is also the daughter of another Sturgis firefighter.
Court documents claim the teen would visit Snyder at the fire station alone in the evening hours. Snyder would also give the girl rides in his car. Other firefighters found some of this behavior inappropriate and reported it to police.
Police eventually interviewed the teenage girl who admitted to having a sexual relationship with Snyder. She said the relationship started out with “long hugs” and flirtation at the fire station. Eventually, the two started texting messages of a sexual nature.
The relationship escalated on August 16, when the two had sex during a pre-planned meeting at Snyder’s home, according to court documents.
One of the charges points out that Snyder allegedly abused his authority as a firefighter by coercing a teen into sexual contact.
The affidavit also documents the reaction of another firefighter, who happens to be the father of the victim. The father told police that Snyder was a “family friend” who “weaseled his way into the family to have sex with his little girl.”
Investigators also said that the inappropriate relationship between Snyder and the girl dates back about a year. A witness told police she saw Snyder touch the victim’s rear at the Sturgis Fire Station in November of 2013.
After an internal investigation conducted by the Sturgis Fire Department, Snyder was separated from employment with the Sturgis Fire Department effective Aug. 29, because of multiple violations of Departmental General Orders.