Baton Rouge firefighter accused of raping child in Tennessee retires, still stands to collect publicly funded pension of $60,000 a year _lowres

Roman Bates

A Baton Rouge fire captain was arrested Tuesday after being accused of multiple crimes including raping a child in Tennessee, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reported Thursday.

Capt. Roman Bates, who failed to show up for work on at least one day and is already facing disciplinary proceedings for being absent without leave, was wanted as a fugitive out of Shelby County, Tennessee, where he is accused of raping a child, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated statutory rape.

Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte confirmed Bates is still an employee of the agency but said he may face additional disciplinary action related to his arrest.

Bates, 56, is being held in the Orleans Parish Prison awaiting extradition to Tennessee, Caldwell said in a statement.

He was captured by Caldwell’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which claims to have removed 1,204 fugitives from the street since its creation in 2008.

“These fugitives should recognize that Louisiana is no safe haven for them,” Caldwell said in the news release.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office assisted in the investigation.