BPR: The superintendent of the Flagstaff Interagency Hotshot Crew received an email in September from a woman detailing disturbing allegations against members of an elite corp of firefighters deployed by the Forest Service and National Park Service to battle wildfires.
The troubling email came the same day the Flagstaff crew was alerted to assist with the Soberanes Fire, in Monterey County, California, The Washington Post reported.
“I am disgusted by the behavior of your hotshot crew when they passed through my town,” the email stated, according to The Post. “Several weeks ago your guys were on the way to a fire in Wyoming.
“I intercepted messages between your crew members and my UNDERAGE 15 year old daughter. She won’t tell me which website they met on but I did read that they invited her back to their hotel, gave her alcohol and had sex with her. This is statutory rape and I want these men charged.”
Needless to say, the elite crew was not dispatched to assist with the fire that burned 57 homes and killed a bulldozer operator.
But it turns out the allegation was a false complaint and the woman, Cathy McCarthy, didn’t exist, according to Sophia Fong, a special agent with the U.S. Forest Service.
Even more troubling, according to a criminal affidavit filed, “both the name and email were part of a bizarre skein of threats, fake names and social media accounts allegedly controlled by Melissa Ann Santana, a married, 36-year-old on the interior-design faculty at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.,” The Post reported. read more