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FORMER DRUG REHABILITATION PROGRAM WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CLIENT OF PROGRAM

 

MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee County man has been charged with one count of second degree sexual assault, a Class C Felony.

 

Van Hollen said that on November 23, 2008, Armando Orozco, 48, appeared in Milwaukee County Circuit Court before the Honorable Laura Gramling-Perez, Circuit Court Commissioner, for an initial appearance on the criminal charge.

 

After considering the factors set out in Wisconsin Statute 969.01(4), Commissioner Gramling-Perez ordered Orozco held on $80,000.00 cash bail and that he have no contact with the victim and others named in the criminal complaint.

 

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 2, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

 

The charge stems from Orozcos employment at the United Community Center Latinas Unidas (UCCLU) in Milwaukee. UCCLU is an entity that provides in-patient/residential drug rehabilitation services to Medicaid Recipients, and others. The victim, a Medicaid Recipient, was receiving services as a client-resident of the program. Orozco was the victims Residential Case Manager.

 

According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Orozcos job duties included taking clients to various appointments outside the facility, which gave him the opportunity to be alone with clients, including the victim. The victim stated that in the early part of March 2007, Orozco took her on a series of work-related errands and then took her to his home. Once at his home Orozco told the victim to remove her clothing at which time he had sexual intercourse with her. The intercourse resulted in pregnancy.

 

During the course of the investigation, a DNA sample was taken from Orozco. Shortly thereafter Orozco left the State of Wisconsin and re-appeared in Texas. The DNA test results confirm Orozco to be the father of the child of the pregnancy. An arrest warrant was issued. Orozco was arrested in Texas and extradited to Wisconsin to face the allegation.

 

A criminal complaint is a document alleging violation of the criminal law and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Conviction of this charge carries a maximum possible penalty of not more than a $100,000.00 fine and not more than 40 years imprisonment, or both.

 

The case was investigated by both the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the Wisconsin Department of Justices Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dfort.