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Milwaukee Co. Jail correctional officer accused of sexually assaulting inmate, employee

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 18:34:06-05

MILWAUKEE — A correctional officer at the Milwaukee County Jail was charged with sexual assault after prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted an inmate and another employee at the jail.

Gilberto L. Fernandez-Rosa, 26, was charged with two counts of felony 2nd-degree sexual assault by a corrections staff and misdemeanor 4th-degree sexual assault. If found guilty of all counts, Fernandez-Rosa could spend over 80 years behind bars and face up to $210,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint released Wednesday, then correctional officer Fernandez-Rosa is the suspect in a number of incidents spanning from Sept. 4, 2020 through Jan. 24, 2021 at the Milwaukee County Jail at 949 North 9th St.

A detective with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office assigned to the case describes that the first victim, an inmate at the jail, reported that Fernandez-Rosa made sexually charged comments towards her over a span of two months.

The complaint states that the comments escalated when the guard exposed himself and touched her inappropriately without permission on two occasions. During the last alleged attack, Fernandez-Rosa told the victim, "You know if you say something what’s gonna happen [sic],” the complaint states.

The guard also assaulted an employee at the jail, according to the complaint, when Fernandez-Rosa sat at her work station and made numerous sexually charged comments. She told him to go away. He then exposed himself and grabbed her, while making sexually inappropriate comments, prosecutors say.

Both victims did not consent, according to the complaint.

A Milwaukee County judge set bail for Fernandez-Rosa at $10,000 and required electronic monitoring. The court also ordered a DNA sample from the defendant.

Fernandez-Rosa will be back in Milwaukee County Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 12.

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