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The Today File

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July 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Seattle firefighter’s license suspended

LYNDEN (AP) — A Seattle firefighter’s emergency medical license has been suspended as he awaits trial on three counts of rape of a child.

The state Department of Health on Friday said 53-year-old Michael James Sulak’s license would be suspended for five years in connection with a “sexual misconduct” case involving a 15-year-old Lynden girl.

The Bellingham Herald reports that he’s accused of raping the girl while they were performing at a community-theater musical and in his truck by a fire station in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.

According to charging papers, the girl told a detective that she ran away from home to be with Sulak. Detectives found text messages between Sulak and the girl in which they talked about being in love.

Earlier this month, Sulak, who has been a Seattle firefighter for 15 years, waived his right to a speedy trial in Whatcom County Superior Court.

His next criminal court hearing has been set for Oct. 1. He’s out on bail.

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