Mayflower Fire Chief Carl Rossini was suspended with pay as of Thursday as an investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a minor continues.

According to Mayflower Police reports, Rossini hosted a sleepover at his home March 20 with his grandchildren and two other minors. Also according to the reports, Rossini sexually assaulted one of the minors and when Arkansas State Police interviewed the grandchildren, one of them confirmed some of the victim’s claims.

While initial reports were filed with the Mayflower Police Department, Chief Robert Alcon said the city recused itself and handed over the investigation to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office to avoid any conflict of interest.

Faulkner County Sheriff Matt Rice said the investigation began last week and that the Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.

As part of the investigation, Rossini’s city-issued cellphone, four VHS tapes, city keys and his enforcement badge were confiscated by police. The victim’s cellphone and two tablets were also taken by law enforcement after the victim’s mother found pornographic site links.

Rossini was suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation, Mayflower City Attorney Terry Ballard said.

Rossini is also Mayflower’s Chief Code Enforcement Officer, MPD officer Gene Chase confirmed Thursday. Rossini began working as the city’s full-time code enforcement officer in 2011.

Rossini has been with the fire department around 10 years and also worked as a part-time police officer at MPD in 2011.

Media partner KATV contributed to this article.

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