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BRFD captain arrested, charged with rape, other sex crimes

Roman Bates (Source: Orlean Parish Prison) Roman Bates (Source: Orlean Parish Prison)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A Baton Rouge Fire Department captain has been arrested in New Orleans on charges of rape of a child, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated statutory rape.

BRFD spokesman Curt Monte said 56-year-old Roman Bates has been an employee with BRFD since 1990 and is currently absent without leave.

Bates was a fugitive from Shelby County, Tennessee. According to the Shelby Country Sheriff's Office, the charges against Bates stem from a vacation he took in Memphis a few months ago.

Bates was booked into Orleans Parish Prison Tuesday and was awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit was assisted by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Baton Rouge City Constable's Office.

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