52-year-old Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer Garrick Randolph has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two women who were on parole and under his supervision. Randolph was arrested on October 23 and is charged with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct.
The first woman reported a sexual assault to the Galesburg Police Department. This woman was on parole and said that Randolph sexually assaulted her at her home in July of this year.
During their investigation, Illinois State Police found another woman on parole who alleged that Randolph had sexually assaulted her while on-duty. The location and date of this alleged sexual assault have not been released because it could affect the investigation, according to the police.
Randolph turned himself in at the Galesburg Police Department on October 23 after state police issued two arrest warrants. He was brought to the Knox County Jail and was released the same day after posting a bond of $150,000.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits, helping them find the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Jeff has offered to weigh in with some of his thoughts on the legal options available to people sexually assaulted by parole officers and other law enforcement officers:
Parole officers, probation officers, and other law enforcement officials work from positions of extreme authority. While most of these officials are honest and hardworking people, there are sadly also sexual predators who exploit this authority and sexually assault people under their supervision.
The victims of parole officer sexual assault have legal rights. These predators think their authority will shield them from consequences, but this is not true. Parole officers who sexually assault parolees are subject to the same criminal penalties as any other sexual predator.
Additionally, the victims may also have grounds for a lawsuit if negligence by the department is involved. For example, the Department of Corrections could be held liable if they had ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused parole officer.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a parole officer, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.