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South Lake Tahoe fire captain resigns in wake of child porn charge

A South Lake Tahoe fire captain facing federal charges of receiving child pornography has resigned from the fire department.

Mark Wygant was taken into custody Jan. 29 and was placed on paid administrative leave. Following his arrest, the city initiated its required independent investigation under the Firefighter’s Procedural Bill of Rights, according to a city of South Lake Tahoe news release. City officials said Wygant’s attorney was notified Tuesday that the city’s internal investigation was complete. Following further conversations, Wygant elected to resign, terminating his paid administrative leave, according to the city.

City officials said Wygant’s employment with the city ended Wednesday and his resignation does not involve any financial settlement with the city.

Wygant, 44, remains in federal custody and is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.

The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. A spokeswoman for the office said last week that the charge of receiving child pornography was made in a criminal complaint, and Wygant made his first court appearance Friday.

His arrest occurred after city officials received an internal tip of a potential crime regarding a city employee and and investigation was launched by federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.