Former firefighter found not guilty on 2 sex-related charges

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

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA (WECT) – Robert Hester, a former Wilmington firefighter accused of rape, was found not guilty on two out of three charges against him.

According to the Fairfax County Clerk's office, a jury found Hester not guilty on one count each of abduction with intent to defile and one count of sexual penetration with an object by force.

A jury was not able to reach a verdict in a third charge, which resulted in a mistrial. The clerk's office says Hester is due back in court Friday for a status hearing on that charge.

Robert Hester, of Elizabethtown, was arrested in Virginia in March after reports of rape at a Hyatt Hotel. Police said Hester told officials he was in the state "sightseeing."

Officials say Hester knows his accusers.

He was terminated from the Wilmington Fire Department because of a violation of the city's attendance policy. Hester had worked for the city since November 2000 and was stationed at the Seagate Fire Station.

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