Timothy Eugene Alexander Jr., a former South Trail, Florida firefighter, and Joshua Dale Bryan were arrested Wednesday after they were connected to the rape of a 16-year-old girl, news sources report. Alexander, 31, and Bryan, the victim’s 18-year-old ex-boyfriend, were booked into the county jail on charges of sexual battery. Alexander has since been released on a $150,000 bail bond. Bryan is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. The press did not specify a criminal defense lawyer for either of the defendants.
According to reports, Alexander worked as firefighter for the South Trail Fire District for eight years before his arrest. Alexander has since been fired from the department due to an unrelated criminal case, reports indicate. “This kind of thing is an embarrassment to all public safety, and when this comes forward, we’ll do all that we can to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” a firefighter spokesperson said. “It is appalling to us. The charge is appalling,” another firefighter spokesperson said of the case.
This is not Alexander’s first run-in with the law, sources say. On April 9, Alexander was in the passenger seat of a car with his wife and father in Fort Myers. He allegedly seized the steering wheel and threated to steer the vehicle into a pole. “[The wife] said it was very loud, very loud and very abusive,” a neighbor reportedly said. Alexander was purportedly drunk at the time.
A month ago, Alexander was reportedly involved in another case with his wife. Reports say Alexander strangled the victim outside of their apartment until she passed out, then pulled her back inside the residence. This allegedly occurred in the presence of the couple’s seven-year-old boy.
No criminal record for Bryan, who is apparently a relation of Alexander’s, was mentioned in reports. The victim is Bryan’s former girlfriend, sources report. Bryan is accused of conspiring with Alexander to set the stage for the rape on the night of the incident.