PIERMONT NY June 10 2011 — The father of a 17-year-old Orangeburg boy has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that his son was sodomized and sexually assaulted as part of a hazing ritual last summer at the Piermont Firehouse.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in White Plains alleges that in August the then 16-year-old volunteer was held in a chair against his will by Piermont Fire Engineer Michael Bettman of Sparkill and two other young volunteers, Dan Goswick Jr. and Sam Kropp.
The federal suit alleges the victim was subjected to a form of hazing in which he and other firefighters were held against their will and forced to place their hand upon and fondle the genitals of other firefighters.
The Journal News is withholding the name of the plaintiff as the victim of an alleged sex crime.
The alleged hazing on Aug. 14 made the victim “physically and psychologically ill, requiring him to seek and secure medical/psychological intervention.”
The attorney for the victim’s family, Richard Gilbert, did not respond to a request for comment.
The village of Piermont is also named in the suit.
Piermont Mayor Chris Sanders was not immediately available for comment.
Bettman’s attorney, William Reddy, could not be reached for comment. Goswick’s lawyer, Donald Feerick, did not immediately return a call. It was unclear who was representing Kropp.
The three firefighters were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, in September. Goswick and Kropp were charged as minors. The case is pending.