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Eaton district fire chief charged with forcible touching

Posted 12/7/22

A 53-year-old man has been charged with inappropriately touching a teenage girl after giving her marijuana in Madison County, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

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Eaton district fire chief charged with forcible touching

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EATON — A 53-year-old man has been charged with inappropriately touching a teenage girl after giving her marijuana in Madison County, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies said John Latham, of Eaton, provided a 16-year-old girl with marijuana and then touched her inappropriately at a location in Eaton. The authorities were notified on Dec. 5 and Latham was investigated and taken into custody.

The Sheriff's Office said Latham is the district fire chief of the Eaton Fire Department.

Latham is charged with one count each of third-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, third-degree sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said. Latham was arraigned in court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 315-366-2311.

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