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Rape charges dropped against West Mich. firefighter

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Beaver County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich is investigating defense claims that 50-year-old Lee Finlayson's accuser hacked into his phone and sent herself an alleged "confession" text message.

Authorities charged Finlayson because the message appeared to show he admitted raping the woman at her Brighton Township home on Sept. 22. The woman could be charged if phone records prove she faked the text.

Stephen Colafella, the attorney for the firefighter from Rockford, said the results of the case are "bittersweet" because "it is a horrible thing he was accused of."

Finlayson was the Grand Rapids Fire Department's 2011 firefighter of the year.

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