Judge grants bond in former RSW guard case

WOODSTOCK – A former Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail corrections officer was granted a $2,500 secured bond Friday.

Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, appeared for a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court on a charge of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate. According to the criminal complaint, Demarino visited an inmate on the jail’s electronic home monitoring program at her home in New Market and attempted to have intercourse on multiple occasions.

Judge Amy Tisinger appointed Allison Neal as Demarino’s attorney. Neal said that Demarino has “significant ties to the community” and should be granted bond because it is unlikely he would fail to appear at his next scheduled court date.

Neal also stated that Demarino and his wife have medical conditions, and it is critical for him to continue working at Blue Ridge Sealants & Waterproofing until his trial to afford the necessary treatments.

Tisinger granted Demarino the requested bail on the condition that he not leave Virginia except for work, as his job requires him to occasionally travel to D.C.

Demarino was charged in a separate case for carnal knowledge of an inmate, a felony offense, in June 2017, and received a two-year probation.

The prosecutor, Kristen Zalenski, said Demarino abused his position of authority. “He took advantage of that, he took advantage of people,” she said.

Demarino’s preliminary hearing was set for March 23 at 11:30 a.m.

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