Alleged Rapist is Former Macungie Fire Chief

Township worker was charged with taking department property.

The Lower Macungie Township worker has been in trouble with the law before - when he was Macungie fire chief and fire marshal.

James Michael Andrews stole a digital camera from the Macungie fire station - a crime which led him to be fined $300 and placed probation for a year after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Andrews was sent to Lehigh County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail last week after being charged with sexualy assaulting a boy, 13, seven or eight times from August 2011 to March 8, 2012.

Andrews has worked for for almost 22 years. Police say some of the assaults took place in the township's maintenance building at 5536 Indian Creek Road and also a Andrews' home.

Township officials have suspended Andrews without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case.

Andrews' attorney, Michael Ira Stump, told the Morning Call that his client will plead guilty to the charges.

Township officialssaying they are "deeply troubled" by the alleged attacks.

A preliminary hearing for Andrews is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 9 in Lehigh County Central Court.



Sheriffchris April 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
This is such a terrible thing...a thief of a Fire Chief and a sex abusing Township worker. Best thing about this story is that he is caught and now we will not have to worry about him any longer.
MickeyMouse April 02, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Yes, its good that he was caught. Now the state needs to start making examples of this filth by putting the maximum penalties on him. No early parole,no breaks,plus when he does get out, he needs to pay for the kids medical/psychiatric bills.
Ny2PA April 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
They make you get clearances to volunteer for school events but they don't do any background checks on employees for the town. SMH! He already had a criminal for theft should not have been able to work for the township.
Kelly April 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
And the mayor is so busy harassing the police chief he paid no attention to the Fire Chief!!
Lisa Y. April 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I'd like to know why he was able to get away with getting in the township building AFTER hours! Why didn't anyone look into that?
get real April 04, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Great observation Kelly but the FACT is that the mayor is a personal friend of this creep!
get real April 04, 2012 at 01:58 AM
This creep has several previous convictions. At least one of those crimes was committed at a private property outside the township, but while he was on the clock in the township being payed by the taxpayers while he committed the crime.
LINN WALKER April 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Carl Coleman April 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Suburbia is not so clean. "95% of ALL forms of child abuse come from trusted friends, & the very relatives," that children are supposed caring the most - mom,dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters). - U. S. Dept. of Justice, and the Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Truthfully & honestly, 95% of the time, kids are really SAFER with strangers !! Feel free to check......!!
Carl Coleman April 08, 2012 at 01:49 AM
And that should include the thousands of fathers & mothers out there, who do that and more, to their 5-yr.-olds.
Carl Coleman April 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
(Sorry for grammaticl errors).
Carl Coleman April 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
grammatical & spelling! :-)


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