dwayne fire chief


Delaware State Police have arrested former deputy fire chief for the Belvedere Fire Company of Newport Delaware for rape and other charges.

Police say the former chief is 39-year-old Dwayne Pearson. 

Police say he was arrested for rape and other charges after accusations he was having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Police say that this past September they received information that a Belvedere firefighter was having sex with a minor.

Police say detectives investigated and determined that the girl and Pearson had engaged in sexual relationship from July of last year until August of last year (2022).

Earlier this month, a warrant was obtained for Pearson's arrest.

On Thursday, January 12th, Pearson turned himself in at Troop 2, where he was charged with 2nd degree rape, sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, and unlawful sexual contact with a person under 18-years-old.