A McKinney Firefighter has been fired from his position after an arrest on Thursday, September 12th on a charge of sexual assault on a child. Rodney Lloyd Smith, 34, had earlier been on administrative leave without pay.
On today, September 16th, he bonded out of the Collin County Jail. His next court date has not been announced.
In a statement released in response to Smith's firing, the McKinney Fire Chief Danny Kistner said, "The safety of our citizens and maintaining the trust of the public is our highest priority and we take these matter very seriously." The fire department further stated on Friday that they were working closely with the Collin county Sheriff’s Office and will take any further actions necessary. It was later confirmed that after an internal investigation, Smith was fired.
Smith is the second McKinney Firefighter to face charges of sexual crimes against a child this year. In February of this year, Chad Watson, 38, was indicted on a felony charge of sexual abuse of a child under 14. Watson was summarily fired from the fire department.