Six arrested on misdemeanor charge

Six people were charged over the weekend with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with an investigation involving Strasburg volunteer firefighters, according to state police Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler.

In an email Monday, Tyler stated that those arrested on the misdemeanor charge were Nathan S. Hirschberg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew S. Key, 24, of Strasburg; Dale R. King, 36, of Strasburg; Bradly A. Markin, 21, of Strasburg; Christopher L. Pangle, 32, of Woodstock; and Fabian J. Sosa, 25, of Woodstock.

The investigation was revealed in November when a search warrant was unsealed in the case. According to the warrant,  the firefighters were accused of videotaping the alleged gang rape of an intoxicated 17-year-old girl and sharing it on SnapChat, a video messaging app. The search warrant indicated that five of the six arrested were also accused of child pornography possession from this incident, but that charge was not filed.

The misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. The charge can include consensual sex acts with a minor aged 15 or older.

In an interview with the Northern Virginia Daily in November about the investigation, Strasburg Fire Chief Dale R. King said his department was cooperating with state police.

“We want to get this resolved just as much as anybody else does,” King said.  “I just want the community to know that we’re still here for them — we’re still operating at 100 percent.”

More details on the arrests were not available Monday evening.

Tyler noted that the case was investigated by Special Agent H. J. Marshal,  of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.