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Milwaukee firefighter accused of sexually assaulting child

MILWAUKEE (WAOW) — A Milwaukee firefighter has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.

The Oak Creek Police Department said it arrested the lieutenant last Wednesday morning.

Affiliate WISN learned the firefighter charged is Robert Olson. The 44-year-old appeared Monday in Milwaukee County Court for an initial appearance.

“The Milwaukee Fire Department is taking this matter very seriously and has opened an internal investigation,” city officials said in a press release.

The city, fire department and Oak Creek Police Department declined to comment further.

According to a criminal complaint, the 14-year-old victim told investigators Olson touched her inappropriately on three occasions.

The sexual encounters happened at Olson’s home between Sept. 1 and Nov. 22, the complaint stated.

Investigators said Olson sent the victim a text message that said, “I am so sorry got (sic) what happened, I didn’t mean to, please don’t go, please don’t tell anyone, I am going to go to prison, I’m going to get raped, I’m so sorry … I want to help you.”

The girl told investigators Olson’s sexual advances toward her stopped when he met his girlfriend.

The complaint stated Olson also sent text messages to a family member of the victim.

Olson’s text messages allegedly said he made up for his encounters with the victim by taking her to concerts, hay rides, haunted houses and movie nights, the complaint said.

“I have already made extreme life changes and carry this every day like a 100 pound weight no matter what it looks like on the outside I assure you I’ve taken ownership and I’m still trying to,” Olson wrote in one text message, according to the criminal complaint. “These are difficult to talk about but need to be said.”

Olson was ordered held on bail and not to have contact with the victim or members of her family. If he posts bail, he will be ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Olson was scheduled to appear again Dec. 2. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Ben Zitouni

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