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Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore has been charged with indecent exposure in Albuquerque — the third incident to rock a department already left reeling from two other high profile cases this year.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Alameda Blvd., at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday on a report of a man exposing himself.
“Upon arrival, I saw a male subject walking south on the ditch bank that fit the description given by the calling party,” Ofc. R. Sears stated in the complaint.
Upon questioning, the officer identified the man as Brandon Gore, who then told the officer that he had relieved himself “over by the bridge a while ago.”
The officer placed Gore, 25, of Edgewood, in handcuffs and read him his Miranda rights before Gore agreed to talk with Sears, according to the criminal complaint.
“I asked him what happened and he told me that he was still a little drunk from last night and he was just walking to clear his head,” Sears said in the complaint. “As he approached the bridge, he had to urinate so he looked around and did not see anyone so he relieved himself there.”
Gore then told the officer that he saw a female approaching and he started to walk.
“Once he passed her on the pedestrian bridge he realized ... (that he was still exposed) and put it away.”
Gore told Sears that he was very embarrassed by the incident, Sears said in the report.
Gore has been with the Los Alamos Fire Department since November of 2006.
Gore has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Fire Chief Doug Tucker said.
“The charge against Brandon Gore as well as the two previous incidents this year speaks to the department’s core values,” Tucker said during an interview this morning. “We’re looking for continuity and in these cases we aren’t finding it - we have someone who was close to retirement, another person with almost 12 years and now Gore with four years in the department. It’s a case of a few individuals making some very bad choices,” Tucker said, adding that major mistakes seem to revolve around gambling, alcohol or sex.
Last February, LAFD Driver Engineer Steve Fierro, 46, was charged with stealing money from a fellow firefighter following a sting operation. He was a 19-year veteran at LAFD who lost his retirement. Fierro’s name surfaced during an investigation into a string of thefts at various local fire stations after detectives analyzed fire logs to see who was on duty when money went missing, police reported at the time.
In the sting operation, theft detection powder was applied to $100 in small bills left in a deposit bag used by a fellow firefighter whose money had been stolen in the past. The bag was left at Fire Station 6 near the Los Alamos County Airport at a spot from which money had previously disappeared.
The most recent case involved 11-year department veteran Capt. Aaron Adair charged Oct. 18 with voyeurism and tampering with evidence for allegedly placing a video camera in a paper towel dispenser in a bathroom at the White Rock Fire Station. Adair resigned last month. He is set to attend a pre-trial hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Dec. 21.
Chief Tucker responds on video, in the multimedia section of this Web site, to the escalating troubles at the fire department.