36 Years For Former Fire Chief Hire Convicted Of Rape In Illinois

Jul 5, 2018

David “D.J.” Dunn has been sentenced to 36 years in prison after an Illinois jury found him guilty of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Credit Berett Wilber/KUCB

An Illinois man hired as Unalaska's fire chief last year has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

David "D.J." Dunn was convicted of drugging and raping a subordinate at his going-away party last spring — days before he was scheduled to leave his job as a Savoy, Illinois first responder and move to the island.

City officials fired the 44-year-old after his arrest, but he was briefly on Unalaska's payroll.

When Dunn was hired, former police chief Mike Holman described him as "exceptionally qualified for the position," and former city manager David Martinson told KUCB that he passed the city's vetting process without issue.

Dunn previously worked in the region part-time for the medevac company Guardian Flight.

Current city officials did not respond to a request for comment after Dunn's sentencing on Tuesday. Illinois media is reporting that he plans to appeal his sentence.