STRASBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Court affidavits obtained by WHSV reveal more details into the alleged gang rape of an underage girl involving volunteers at a valley fire department.
State Police confirmed on Friday an investigation is underway into members of the Strasburg Volunteeer Fire Department.
The probe was launched after the mayor contacted town police back in April after receiving reports from "concerned citizens," according to a previously-sealed court document.
The investigation revolves around a purported rape involving a 17-year-old girl and five men at three separate locations.
An investigator stated in an affidavit for search warrants that the alleged victim's mother provided screen shots and text messages to authorities which indicated the 17-year-old was "highly intoxicated" and was "intimidated by all the suspects." Text messages also revealed the teenager was told by the suspects a video, which she was not aware was created, was "taken and shared" on the mobile app Snapchat "with different people."
In addition, the screenshots and text messages showed the alleged victim did not consent to having sex with one of the men, the court affidavit states.
WHSV will not release the names of the five suspects at this time, because no charges have been filed as of yet.
The Commonwealth's Attorney Office for Shenandoah County did not have a comment to provide when contacted on Monday.
WHSV also attempted to reach out to the fire department to see if the accused volunteers were still affiliated with the organization. We have not heard back.