Officer charged with sexual assault makes first appearance in court

Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 18:44:00-04

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a man, leading to the unrest in Sherman Park, is now charged with sexual assault and soliciting prostitution.

The officer, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, has been suspended from the department and appeared in intake court wearing a suicide smock Thursday.

The investigation involves four victims. According to the criminal complaint, two of them reported to police that Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulted them. The other two told police that Heaggan-Brown offered to pay them for sex.

All of the crimes allegedly took place at Heaggan-Brown's home on Milwaukee's north side. The first victim in the investigation reportedly told hospital staff at St. Joseph's that he had gone to a bar with Heaggan-Brown the night after Sylville Smith was shot and killed. The pair reportedly watched coverage of the riots on TV.

Later that night, the victim told police he woke up to Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulting him.

While investigating the first incident, detectives searched Heaggan-Brown's cell phone, leading them to three additional victims, according to the criminal complaint. 

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said in a news conference Thursday that it has been a tough day for his department. 

"These are grave charges, these are charges that go to the heart of our code of conduct," said Flynn. "They cast a pall over all of us. We recognize too many people will judge the actions and conduct of many by the excesses of one individual."

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