Winston-Salem firefighter accused of sexually abusing child

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem firefighter was arrested Wednesday under accusations that he sexually abused a minor over the course of several years.

Reco Madwell Eaton, 37, of 851 Gray Ave., has been charged with five counts of first-degree sex offense, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The investigation began on July 10, 2011 when officers responded to Forsyth Hospital after receiving reports of a sexual assault. The report indicated the victim had been “repeatedly molested” over the course of several years, police said.

Eaton began working as a firefighter with the City of Winston-Salem in December 2009, but has been on leave without pay since November 8, 2010, police said. A fire department spokesperson said the un-paid leave had nothing to do with the charges, but would not say why Eaton was on leave. The spokesperson said he was still a city employee as of Wednesday.

The suspect was in the Forsyth County Jail Wednesday afternoon under a $1 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.