Fire captain accused of groping woman during training

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state fire captain is accused of groping a woman during a training exercise in Oregon.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon says 52-year-old Scott Taube was charged Tuesday with third-degree sexual abuse and harassment.

The sheriff’s office says Taube was arraigned Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, booked and released.

In July, court documents say a woman reported Taube grabbed her buttocks while leading a training exercise at a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue facility in Sherwood, Oregon.

The sheriff’s office says detectives spoke with a witness who corroborated the woman’s account. Detectives initially cited Taube on Aug. 15.

Taube is a captain at Clark County Fire District 6 in Vancouver.

Clark County Chief Jerry Green said Taube was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday, pending an internal investigation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Taube couldn’t be reached for comment.