RSW worker charged with sex crimes against inmates
A corrections officer with the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been charged with several sex-related offenses stemming from accusations that he victimized three female inmates.
Sgt. Joseph D. Demarino Jr., 50, of Linden, is facing two counts of sexual battery of inmates or parolees while on duty and one count of having sexual intercourse with an inmate or parolee while on duty. All charges are from incidents that allegedly occurred between August and November.
According to the criminal complaint related to the sexual intercourse charge (a felony offense), Demarino supervised the division in charge of home electronic monitoring for the jail. While checking the monitoring equipment of a Warren County woman, Demarino is accused of engaging in a sex act with her.
Jail Superintendent William T. Wilson said by statute an inmate cannot give consent to a sexual act from a corrections officer.
Along with the sexual intercourse charge, Demarino has been accused of two counts of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, with two different women.
Court documents describe one incident that began with a female inmate meeting with Demarino in his office in an attempt to obtain approval for home electronic monitoring.
The court documents say that while on duty, Demarino asked to see her vagina. After she complied, he placed his hand inside her pants and on her genitals, court documents say. He also made sexual comments to the woman during the encounter, the court filings say.
The criminal complaint states that Demarino admitted to the incident during an interview with investigator P.A. Henry II with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
On the other charge, authorities say a separate female inmate reported that Demarino grabbed her buttocks while while she was cleaning his office. Court records say she said the groping was of a sexual nature due to prior sexual comments he had made to her.
The complaint states that jail employees reached out to the Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 14 to report possible sexual misconduct.
According to Wilson, a staff member received a complaint Dec. 13 from an inmate regarding Demarino’s alleged conduct. Demarino was then suspended with pay until a warrant was issued for his arrest Friday. Demarino was terminated at that point.
Wilson said he was not aware if deputies are investigating any allegations beyond the three charges.
“All I know is what they’ve charged him with,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if they’re planning on placing any additional charges or if there’s anything else they want to do.”
Lt. Gordon Foster, of the Sheriff’s Office, said though the matter is still under investigation, at this point there’s no reason to believe more than the three women were victimized.
Demarino appeared in Warren County District Court on Tuesday morning in an initial appearance. While there, he was denied bond. The court also appointed an attorney for him.
Demarino is being held in Loudoun Adult Detention Center in Leesburg. He is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court at 2 p.m. Feb. 8.
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