Southington Police dispatcher charged

SOUTHINGTON — A police emergency dispatcher is on paid administrative leave after he was arrested Thursday on charges that he responded to calls as a volunteer firefighter in Plainville while using sick days at the dispatcher job, police said.

Steven Chapman, of 45 Park St. in Plainville, turned himself in to Southington police Thursday. He was charged with second-degree larceny.

The six sick days were used between 2008 and 2013, according to police. Chapman is a Plainville volunteer firefighter and responded to eight fires while on sick leave from the Southington Police Department, police said. He receives compensation for responding to fire calls, police said.

Plainville Fire Capt. Thomas Moschini declined to comment.

Chapman was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 8. He is on paid administrative leave.

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