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NBC 10 I-Team: Providence firefighter resigns amid alleged topless photo incident

Providence Fire Department (WJAR File Photo)

The NBC 10 I-Team learned Monday that a Providence firefighter has resigned after he was accused of stealing a topless photo of a female firefighter who outranks him.

The firefighter was reportedly helping the female lieutenant with Snapchat when he noticed a topless photo of the woman on her camera roll.

He allegedly sent the photo to his own phone, and in return, sent the woman a bare-chested photo of himself.

The accused firefighter was originally suspended, but the NBC 10 I-Team discovered that he has since resigned.

Sources previously said the woman went to her superiors with a complaint and that the firefighter was suspended.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare also previously confirmed a firefighter was suspended with pay. He called it an "internal matter" at this point and said he couldn’t discuss the situation further.

An internal hearing is expected, with sources telling the I-Team that the city is looking to fire the male firefighter.

Culture of harassment?

The firefighter’s suspension comes about a month after the city lost its appeal of a more than $700,000 jury award in the sexual harassment and discrimination case of former Providence Fire Lt. Lori Franchina.

A jury found Franchina was sexually harassed and discriminated against by male firefighters. Her final award is expected to grow to more than a $1 million with interest and fees. In an exclusive interview with the I-Team at the time, Franchina said, "It would have been easier for the city to discipline as it went, than to let this culminate into a major, major problem. A systemic problem that still exists to this day."

Sources told the I-Team that Pare is not taking inappropriate behavior lightly and is looking to eradicate any culture of harassment that may still exist within the department.

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