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Bogalusa firefighter arrested, facing rape charges

The exact circumstances of the alleged rape and other charges against Applewhite were not released Friday.
Credit: Bogalusa Police

BOGALUSA, La. — A Bogalusa firefighter was arrested and charged with second-degree rape this week, after a previous arrest for releasing a private photo without consent. 

Police say 36-year-ld Brandon Applewhite was first arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department on May 4. He was charged at the time with non-consensual release of a private picture, extortion and malfeasance in office. 

He was released on a $20,000 bond on the same day. Three days later, he turned himself in after his residence was searched and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

He made bail — this time a $75,000 bond — the same day. 

The exact circumstances of the alleged rape and other charges against Applewhite were not released Friday. 

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented said in a statement that the case was a complicated one, but did not elaborate much further.

"This is a complex case of manipulation involving several females," he said. 

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