Twenty-seven year old Joshua Sylvester began his law-enforcement career with the Kenosha Police Department on August 2, 2021. He was married in 2019 and recently had a child. A little more than a year after being sworn in, he is now behind bars. Sylvester is accused by investigators of “second degree sexual assault by law enforcement officer” and “misconduct in public office/excess authority.” If charged and convicted of theses serious felonies, he is facing 43.5 years in the Wisconsin State Prison system. According to a source with knowledge of the allegations, the rape occurred on duty, is on video, and cannot be reasonably refuted. The investigation is being handled primarily by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to avoid a conflict of interest. Kenosha DA Michael Graveley will likely also recuse himself and let either the Racine CO or the Walworth CO District Attorney handle the charging aspect.
KCE Spoke with the Kenosha Police Union President Pete Deates, who is a detective with the department’s sensitive crimes unit. This author has had many interactions with Deates as Alderman. He has a reputation for transparency and has little tolerance for misconduct among his members. His job with the department is among the toughest in the detective bureau and deals with sexual assaults of adults and children. Deates had the following to say:
“I have been made aware of an allegation against one of our officers. The KPPA encourages the department to utilize any and all resources when a citizen makes a complaint against one of our officers to prove or disprove the allegation. If an officer violates the trust of the citizens we serve, it makes the job of all our good officers more difficult. If what is being alleged occurred, we don’t want an officer like that on our department.”
KCE reached out to Kenosha Police Lt. Joe Nosalik who is the departments Public Information Officer and who leads the department’s Internal Affairs department, who told us that “the top priority [for KPD] is the victim. The integrity of the investigative process cannot be jeopardized. Public comments will be made available as soon as appropriate.”
Sylvester is expected to be in court today at 1:00pm for his initial appearance. KCE will be there.
***This is a developing story and will be updated***