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Federal agent facing 5 felonies ordered to still wear GPS device

Posted: 6:06 AM, Jul 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-10 17:01:14Z

WAUKESHA -- A federal agent who is accused of sexually assaulting three women, will continue to wear a GPS monitoring device.

David Scharlat was denied by a Waukesha County Judge Monday morning, from having the GPS removed.

Prosecutors allege Scharlat raped his victims and then threatened to kill them if they ever came forward.

Court records also claim he used his status as a federal agent with the Department of State to intimidate his victims.

His defense attorney says all of the encounters were consensual.

A letter by one of the alleged victims was read aloud by prosecutors, which read in part:

"I would like to express how stressful the last ten months have been for me, my children, family, friends, and co-workers. I have had to endure countless doctors appointments, procedures, and post-op check-ups on top of trauma therapy."

Anglea Mancuso, Executive Director of the Women's Center in Waukesha, who is not connected to this case, explains why it is hard for accusers to face suspects in sexual assault cases.

"It can be very overwhelming. Considering everything you've gone through, now you're coming forward and you are in the public eye. We can help," said Mancuso.

The Women's Center helps survivors understand the justice system. They will even go to court to show their support. Click here to reach them, or call (262) 542-3828.

A spokesman for the Department of State sent TODAY'S TMJ4 a statement in April that read in part:
 
The Department has zero tolerance for sexual assault and takes any and all allegations of sexual assault very seriously.