RSW inmate said she felt intimidated by guard

Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr.

WOODSTOCK – A Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate felt intimidated by a guard who repeatedly attempted to have intercourse with her, the criminal complaint against the guard alleges.

According to the complaint, former RSW corrections officer Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, of Linden, visited an inmate on the jail’s electronic home monitoring program at her residence in New Market. He touched her inappropriately on the second day of her program and attempted to have intercourse on multiple occasions.

The victim was fearful that if she reported Demarino’s actions, the complaint stated, she would be removed from the home monitoring program and remanded back to the jail.

Demarino was previously charged with three sex-related offenses against three female inmates, and was ultimately found guilty of carnal knowledge of an inmate, a felony offense, in June 2017. His five-year sentence was suspended and he received a two-year probation.

Those offenses allegedly occurred between August and November 2016. This recent allegation occurred in that same time frame.

The complaint also stated that Sgt. G. R. Poe, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with the victim on Dec. 28, 2017, and she provided details of the alleged attacks that would not have been known to those not involved in the assaults.

RSW Regional Jail Deputy Superintendent Maj. Steven Weaver said that Demarino has not been employed with RSW since January 2017.

Demarino has been charged with attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate and aggravated sexual battery. He is being held at the jail without bond, and is scheduled to appear before General District Court at 9 a.m. Friday.