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Merrionette Park firefighter charged with sexually abusing woman at party

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Updated: July 18, 2013 6:41AM

A $250,000 bond was set Sunday for a Merrionette Park firefighter accused of sexually abusing a visitor from Hawaii at a party while a fellow firefighter allegedly acted as lookout outside the bedroom door.

The 22-year-old victim had become ill from too much to drink at the party and was sleeping in a bedroom when Marvin Buhle, 24, allegedly removed her pants and sexually abused her, said Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget O’Brien.

Michael Haas, 20, also a Merrionette Park firefighter, was accused of standing outside the bedroom door and acting as a lookout. His bond was set at $100,000 in the incident, which occurred at a party in the 3900 block of West 109th Street in Chicago.

Buhle later allegedly said he went into the bedroom because the victim had “made eyes at him.’’ He told officials the victim removed her own pants but admitted fondling her, prosecutors said.

Haas’s attorney, Sean O’Brien, said Haas is “anxious to reunite with his family, denies the charges and looks forward to fighting them in court.’’

A message left with officials at the South Suburban fire department on Sunday were not immediately returned.

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