West Allis detective charged with obstructing/resisting

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Bradley Sterling

(FRANKLIN/WEST ALLIS) — 42-year-old Bradley Sterling of Franklin has been charged with obstructing/resisting an officer for an incident that occurred back on January 9th. Sterling is a West Allis police detective arrested in January for alleged sexual assault and official misconduct.

Officials say on January 9th, District Attorney investigators questioned Sterling about the nature of his contacts with a woman in 2012. The criminal complaint indicates the questioning took place within the context of a broader investigation into allegations against Sterling.

The criminal complaint indicates Sterling was asked whether he engaged in inappropriate sexually suggestive conversation with the woman — to which Sterling reportedly said he did not have any such interaction with the woman.

The criminal complaint in the case indicates this admission by Sterling contradicts recorded conversations between Sterling and the woman — during which Sterling made numerous sexually suggestive comments to the woman — according to the criminal complaint.

West Allis police officials say a concerning complaint came in against 14-year detective Sterling. During the investigation, Sterling allegedly met up with a woman in West Allis, while on duty. A source told FOX6 News he made sexual advances toward the woman.

An internet search shows Sterling was an honored official. In 2009, he was awarded an honor as a special investigator. In 2010, Sterling was noted as working as a school liaison officer.

Following his arrest, Sterling was placed on administrative leave. The West Allis Police Department says: “Detective Sterling is on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal process regarding circumstances surrounding the situation resulting in his arrest and subsequent issuance of this charge.”

If convicted, Sterling may be fined a maximum of $10,000 and face a maximum of nine months in prison.

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