Firefighter accused of sexual relationship with teen charged


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Cascade Township firefighter and former township clerk was charged related to an alleged sexual relationship with a teen girl.

Clem Harold Bell, 51, was arraigned Wednesday in Kent County’s 63rd District Court on child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material charges.

Investigators say Bell had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl dating back to April 2016. They say the teen admitted to the relationship and that she and Bell exchanged sexual pictures via phone, according to a probable cause document.

Through multiple search warrants, investigators found the alleged sexual pictures on Bell’s cellphone, court records show. Investigators also say they found evidence that Bell had captured a screen grab from the device, which they say shows Bell intended to preserve the image.

Bell is one of two paid on-call Cascade Township firefighters who have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. The name of the other firefighter has not been released.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious count of child sexually abusive activity. He would also have to register as a sex offender.

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