Ex-jailer accused of trying to have sex with inmate is indicted

Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a former corrections officer for a regional jail on a charge accusing him of trying to have sex with an inmate.

The Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr. on Wednesday on one count of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s home-electronic monitoring program. The charge is a class 6 felony.

Demarino pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on June 19, 2017, to carnal knowledge of a prisoner by a corrections officer and received a five-year sentence with all but time served suspended. The indictment accused Demarino of committing the crime on Aug. 12, 2016. Demarino also received two years probation.

Charging documents filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court accuse Demarino, 51, of 112 Memory Lane, Linden, as an employee of a regional jail of attempting to have carnal knowledge of a woman he knew was an inmate. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigator G.R. Poe filed the arrest warrant that indicated the alleged incident took place sometime between Oct. 1 and 31, 2016.

A criminal complaint filed with the arrest warrant states that Poe spoke with the alleged victim who said she had been sexually assaulted by the accused while she was an inmate on the home-electronic monitoring program. The alleged victim went on to state that the incidents occurred at her residence in Shenandoah County and that Demarino tried to have sexual intercourse with her on multiple occasions.

“The victim also advised that she was touched in an inappropriate manner on her genitals and breast by Demarino on the second day of the home monitoring program, which according to the victim made her feel intimidated by Demarino from the standpoint that she was fearful if she notified anyone of the incident, she would be removed from the home monitoring program and remanded back to jail,” the complaint states. “The victim provided further details of these attacks that would not have been known to those who had not been involved in the assaults.”

The complaint goes on to note that Demarino had been convicted of similar offenses in Warren County and made mention of his inappropriate relationship with the victim during a previous interview with Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

At an early hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court shortly after the defendant’s arrest on the later charge, Demarino’s appointed defense attorney told Judge Amy Tisinger her client and his then wife had medical conditions and he needed to work for his employer so the couple could afford their treatments. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski said then that Demarino abused his position of authority and took advantage of people. Tisinger granted bail on the condition that Demarino not leave Virginia except for work.