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Wilmington firefighter being held in Virginia without bond

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Robert Hester (Source: Fairfax Co. Sheriff's Office) Robert Hester (Source: Fairfax Co. Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A master firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department was terminated from his position April 15, after an arrest for an incident in Virginia.

According to Malissa Talbert, a spokesperson for the city, Robert Hester, of Elizabethtown, is in custody in the Fairfax Detention Center for felony charges without bond.

According to the Fairfax Police Department, Hester was arrested by Loudoun County on a warrant for destruction of property March 21. He was then picked up by a Fairfax detective, who took him back to Fairfax County.

According to police, Hester was charged with intentionally damaging property and sexual penetration by force or threat with an object.

Authorities say the second charge allegedly happened at a Hyatt Hotel in Reston, VA around 10:30 p.m. on March 19 and was reported to police the next day. Officials say the victim knew Hester.

Police say Hester told officials he was in Virginia "sightseeing."

According to Talbert, Hester was terminated from his position with the Wilmington Fire Department for "violating city policy based on his inability to return to work. According to city policy, employees cannot have more than three consecutive days of unexcused absences."

Talbert said the incident involving Hester in Virginia was not work-related, nor did it happen while he was on duty for the city.

Hester had worked for the city since November 2000 and was stationed at the Seagate Fire Station.

Hester is expected to be in court Thursday.

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