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Police: Firefighter raped, impregnated woman

2:48 PM, Jul 28, 2010   |    comments
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- A Daytona Beach firefighter was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a woman he met at a bar.  

According to the Daytona Beach Police Department, 30-year-old Adam Silva -- a man who is supposed to help save lives -- also threatened to kill the victim.

Silva is accused of attacking a woman he met at the Ocean Deck in Daytona Beach. Silva was recorded on surveillance video taken at the Ocean Deck on the date of the attack, police said.

According to the police report, the victim and her friend met Silva at the bar on May 19. After drinking together, Silva offered to take the victim back to her hotel, police said.

The victim told police Silva instead took her to a parking lot blocks away, where he raped and threatened her, saying she would "end up like Natalie [sic] Holloway."

Police found the victim wandering naked from the waist down, disoriented. According to the charging affidavit, the victim did not know the area and thought she was in West Virginia.

The day after the attack, Silva was brought in for questioning and immediately asked for an attorney.

A few weeks ago, investigators obtained a warrant for Silva's DNA after the victim told officers she was pregnant from the attack.

Investigators said DNA taken from the victim's rape kit links Silva to the attack, and they said they believe he impregnated her.

Police said Silva was booked into the Volusia County Jail on Tuesday afternoon and has been charged with two counts of sexual battery.

Daytona Beach Fire Chief James Bland released a statement on Wednesday, saying he's aware of the allegations involving Silva, who he said has been a "valued member of our department since 2007."

Silva is currently using personal leave and is not on duty, said Bland, who added that an internal review is under way and no potential action against Silva will take place "until the appropriate time." 

WKMG Local 6 Orlando

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