November 25, 2004

Police: Fla. Firefighter Plotted Sex Snare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A firefighter was charged with plotting to entrap his chief in a phony rape scheme so his friend could replace him, officials said.

Edward Colleton, 38, was charged with conspiring to commit official misconduct and criminal solicitation. He was jailed Wednesday on $250,000 bail.

Police said Colleton tried to convince a former fire department employee to entice District Fire Chief Alonzo McQueen to have sex with her, then report she had been raped.

The woman instead revealed the plot to police.

Authorities taped a conversation the woman had with Colleton in which he said McQueen would be fired, clearing the way for his friend, fire prevention investigator Charlie Conner, to take his job. Conner has not been accused of wrongdoing.