Joshua Sylvester was fired from the Kenosha Police Department on August 23, 2022 after Police Internal Affairs and the Kenosha DA’s office said he sexually assaulted an intoxicated prisoner at the hospital. Now, he claims that being fired was a mistake and he wants his job back. “This letter is to inform the Police and Fire Commission Board that I am filing a formal grievance regarding my termination as a Kenosha Police Officer. The reason for my termination is not clear to me and it is unjust,” said Sylvester in a November 11, 2022 letter to the City’s Police and Fire Commission. He goes on to say that he deserved a hearing in front of the commission and that he hasn’t seen any evidence against him. He then wrote that he expects to be reinstated as a police officer. Sylvester wrote another letter dated December 9, 2022 in which he claims the received a direct deposit from the City of Kenosha for $371.29 for uniform allowance and that somehow sustains his complaint. The letter was signed by the former cop, but reads like it was written by an attorney, using words like “incongruent” which this author had to google.
Sylvester was still a probationary police officer when Chief Eric Larsen fired him, so he is not entitled to a hearing under Wisconsin statutes. Sylvester made his first court appearance on August 23, 2022 and his wife paid his $15,000 bail on Halloween, after more than two months behind bars.
According to the 8-page criminal complaint, Sylvester is accused of some very serious actions. The below allegations are graphic in nature and intended to be read by adults:
Former Kenosha Police Officer Joshua Sylvester was at Aurora Hospital on August 18, 2022 monitoring an intoxicated 24-year-old woman who he arrested for OWI after crashing into a tree and losing consciousness. KCE is not naming the victim. Sylvester inserted his fingers into the victim’s vagina several times while at the hospital. He also pulled out his penis and asked her to touch it. She refused but he forced her to. He added his cell phone number to hers as “Officer Josh” and sent himself nude photos of the woman from the woman’s phone. A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Detective viewed body camera footage, some of which had to be recovered by I.T. staff due to Sylvester turning off the camera, and the footage supported all of the victim’s allegations. Sylvester even tried to cover the body-camera with his hand, but he was still seen sexually assaulting the victim. Sylvester later took the victim to the jail, but before they got into the squad car, he asked her not to “have a conversation about any of that in the car” because the squad cars have microphones and cameras. The victim didn’t initially want to tell her story but her friend and her Dad told her to go to the Kenosha Police Department. They met with Kenosha Lt. Joseph Nosalik, the commander of the Internal Affairs unit. Last night, August 22, 2022, Kenosha Sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant at Sylvester’s home and he immediately knew why there were there. His wife told police that Sylvester washed his uniform once to remove blood, but police found no uniform in the home. Sylvester waived his fifth amendment rights and made unreasonable excuses. When asked why he had vaginal secretions on his hands, he said it was because he “stopped her from masturbating.” He also said he held her hand to pray. He denied sending the nude photos to himself.
According to police insiders, the sexual assault is undeniable and was captured on Sylvester’s body-worn camera. The Police and Fire Commission will review his letter the Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 9am. He is next due in court on January 20, 2022.
He faces more than 40 years in the Wisconsin Prison System if convicted.