BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said a Baton Rouge firefighter arrested on rape charges is no longer an employee of the fire department, but remains a member of the city's retirement system.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department issued a release Thursday morning related to the arrest of Roman Bates, 56, a former captain with the department. He is accused of raping a child in Memphis a few months ago. He was arrested in Orleans Parish on June 23.
Bates was booked by authorities in Shelby County, TN on Monday and later indicted by a grand jury. He is charged with rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated statutory rape and sexual battery.
BRFD said upon his release in Orleans Parish, Bates was "immediately considered 'Absent Without Leave' and his pay was suspended." He officially retired from the fire department on July 8 after 25 years..
However, officials said Bates signed a contract with the City Parish Employee's Retirement System on May 4, 2013 because he had enough years of service on his record. Bates joined the department on Jan. 16, 1990. After signing the contract with the retirement system, he then entered DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan). Officials added, therefore, he is still a member of the retirement system.
Bate stands to collect more than $5,000 a month in pension payments.
Bates is being held in the Shelby County Jail in Memphis on $250,000 bond.