LEONIA - A former Leonia firefighter is facing charges after he allegedly engaged in a sex act in his car while the young boy he was caring for was left unattended.
Leonia police say that Charles Pipitone left the 5-year-old boy he was caring for alone for nearly an hour in a park while Pipitone had a sexual liaison with a woman inside his car. The boy was found upset but unharmed on top of a slide in the park. The park is right next to the police station.
Pipitone allegedly claimed he was sitting on a park bench with a clear view of the playground, but was experiencing some sort of medication condition. Police determined this was not the case.
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Pipitone was a Leonia firefighter for many years, but was apparently let go last year after the borough ran a background check on him and found he got into an altercation with police years ago.
He is now facing charges of lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.
News 12 New Jersey tried to reach out to Pipitone at his home, but no one was available for comment.