Because Hester was arrested and placed in jail, the city of Wilmington terminated his employment with the fire department because he was in violation of the city's attendance policy.
Hester, however, went through the court process and, recently, was cleared of all charges. On Wednesday, he was reinstated to his position during a civil service hearing, but was not awarded back pay.
In August, a jury found Hester not guilty on one count each of abduction with intent to defile and one count of sexual penetration with an object by force. The jury, however, was not able to reach a verdict in a third charge, which resulted in a mistrial.
Hester, who had been stationed at the Seagate Fire Station in Wilmington, has been employed by the Wilmington Fire Department since November 2000.
Written by Bladen Journal (Elizabethtown, NC)