Racine Sheriff: Correctional officer in custody, facing multiple charges after sexually assaulting inmate

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James Faulkner

UNION GROVE, Wis. -- A corrections officer from the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center is in custody, facing multiple charges after sexually assaulting an inmate.

On Friday, June 28, the Racine County Sheriff's Criminal Investigators obtained information that there was an inmate in the correctional center who was claiming to have been sexually assaulted by a correctional officer.

Investigators arrived at the facility and located the inmate. The inmate told investigators that she was threatened, choked, sexually assaulted and forced to perform sex acts on a correctional officer.

The correctional officer, a 35-year old Milwaukee man named James Faulkner, was then interviewed. Faulkner admitted to having sexual contact with the inmate and was taken into custody. He is now held in the Racine County Jail on the following charges:

  • Deliver illegal article to institution
  • Misconduct in office
  • Strangulation and suffocation
  • Intimidate victim/witness threaten force
  • Three counts of second degree sexual assault/correctional staff

Faulkner's bond is currently set at $177,500.

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