Carroll firefighter, paramedic charged with carnal knowledge of child

November 6, 2013

A Carroll County firefighter, paramedic and dispatcher has been arrested and charged with Carnal Knowledge of a Child 13 to 15 years old.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Jason Lee Burnette, 31, of Galax, was arrested by members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 5 after a complaint was filed by the child’s family. The Virginia State Police was contacted by Sheriff’s Office Investigators and asked to assist with the case after it was determined that Mr. Burnette was an employee of Carroll County, Gardner said.

Burnette is employed by Carroll County Fire & Rescue as a firefighter/paramedic and is also employed part-time by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher, Gardner said. Burnette is also a member of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Gardner said Burnette is currently suspended from his jobs with Carroll County Fire & Rescue and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.