Retired police officer pleads “no contest” to 3 felony charges; accused of sexual assault

MILWAUKEE COUNTY — 46-year-old Marcell Daniels, a retired Milwaukee police officer accused of having sexual intercourse and taking sexually explicit pictures with someone 16 years old or younger has reached a plea deal in the case against him.

In court on Monday, November 28th, Daniels pleaded no contest to a felony charge of second degree sexual assault of a child. Two other charges were dismissed as a result of the plea deal — charges that were filed in January of 2016.

Marcell Daniels

Marcell Daniels

According to the criminal complaint, the allegations began in 2005. The victim told police she met Daniels when she was 14 or 15, after she and her friend were arrested. A week later, the victim told police Daniels called her and brought her to the home he lived in on N. 55th Place, and he would take pictures of her with and without clothing.

With the help of Daniels’ now estranged wife, investigators found proof on his computer — photos spanning several years.

The complaint also indicates there is at least one other victim, whose mother filed a complaint against Daniels in 2004 after she observed sexually explicit text messages between Daniels and her then 14-year-old daughter. The complaint says on at least three occasions, Daniels took the girl to various parks in Milwaukee County where they had sexual contact.The victim told police she “dated” Daniels for three to four years — from when she was 14 until she was 18. They engaged in sexual intercourse many times, according to the complaint.  The complaint also accuses Daniels of providing the girl with alcohol and marijuana when they were together.

In a separate case, filed in March of 2016, Daniels on Monday pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child enticement, causing mental/bodily harm.

Two other charges were dismissed as a result of the plea deal.

Daniels on Monday also pleaded no contest to a felony charge of bail jumping — filed in August.

He’ll be sentenced on all three felony charges on February 16th.

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