LUDLOW, Ky. (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) - A Ludlow firefighter has been accused of unwanted sexual contact with a co-worker in the firehouse, according to a Ludlow police arrest report.
Elijah Mays was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse Monday, March 23, according to the Ludlow report obtained from our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Mays, who started work at Ludlow Fire Department Oct. 29, 2018, has been terminated, said Mike Steward, Ludlow's chief in an email to The Enquirer.
Mays was a part-time emergency medical technician (EMT) with the rank of lieutenant, according to Steward's email. The fire department posted on its Facebook page in October 2019, that Mays was a firefighter/EMT currently enrolled in paramedic classes.
According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, attempts to reach Mays by phone have not been successful. No attorney was listed for Mays as of Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky online court records.
The Florence resident was accused by a female coworker of disrobing and touching her inside Ludlow’s firehouse at 234 Oak St., according to the arrest report.
The woman told police she told Mays "no" three or more times.
She said Mays partially disrobed her and put his hand both on and inside her pants, according to the report.
The woman told police that Mays rubbed her genitals and behind, according to the report.
According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, she told police she tried to leave the room at least twice, and that Mays wrapped his arms around her and would not let her leave. Mays locked the door to the room prior to the incident, according to the police report. Mays made an admission to the police after being interviewed, according to the report.
Mays’ arrest was made shortly before 5 p.m. Monday at Erlanger’s city building at 505 Commonwealth Ave., a little more than four hours after the alleged abuse inside Ludlow’s firehouse. He was released on in-home incarceration March 24. He is scheduled to appear in court May 12.
Mays, who started as a full-time probationary firefighter/EMT Feb. 3 in Erlanger has been suspended without pay, according to Erlanger officials.
Mays was sworn in as an Erlanger firefighter at a March 3, 2020, council meeting according to Erlanger’s website. Erlanger’s Assistant Fire Chief Dave McQuerry said during the meeting that Mays started his firefighter career at Ludlow and Park Hills’ fire departments and that he served in the U.S. Marines from 2007 to 2011.