Milwaukee Cop Who Fatally Shot Sylville Smith Is Now Facing Charges of Sexual Assault 

Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown is accused of the sexual assault of an unidentified man two days after the shooting death of Sylville Smith.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office

The Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Sylville Smith is now being accused of sexually assaulting a man in an incident that occurred just two days after the fatal shooting, CNN reports.

According to a criminal complaint, Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was watching TV coverage of the turbulent protests that followed Smith’s Aug. 13 death at a bar with the man, who later told investigators that he was raped.

Heaggan-Brown, 24, who has now been suspended from the police force, was being held on $100,000 bail  Thursday.

CNN reports that the alleged sexual assault happened during the early-morning hours of Aug. 15 after the two men “sat and watched television as coverage of the Sherman Park protests aired.”

The pair went back to Heaggan-Brown’s home, where Heaggan-Brown allegedly assaulted the man before taking the alleged victim to the hospital and telling a nurse that the man “began to act weird and unresponsive” at the bar, according to the criminal complaint.

Heaggan-Brown told a hospital security officer that the man was “completely out, zonked out of his gourd” after a night of drinking, authorities said.

However, later, after seeing the officer in the emergency room, the alleged victim told hospital workers, “He raped me. He raped me.”

Heaggan-Brown and the accuser are reportedly both musicians who had connected on Facebook. At the bar, according to the complaint, the officer had “bragged about being able to do whatever the defendant wanted without repercussions.”

According to CNN, later that morning, Heaggan-Brown sent a text message to a police sergeant who had mentored him, saying that he was “not so good” after dealing with “a separate situation,” according to the complaint.

“Need your help big time,” the text read. “[F–ked] up big time … But need to handle this the most secret and right way possible.”

The sergeant met with Heaggan-Brown, who told the sergeant the sex was consensual and that his accuser “was drunk and had ‘medical issues,’” the complaint read.

That sergeant is also being investigated in relation to the incident, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced Thursday.

Heaggan-Brown turned his phone over to investigators, which led to evidence that the officer had propositioned two other men for sex in exchange for money as well as another sexual assault dating back to late July, authorities said.

In the second sexual assault case, authorities say, the alleged victim had gone to a strip club with a group of friends, including Heaggan-Brown, to celebrate another friend’s birthday. The two later went back to Heaggan-Brown’s home and had drinks in addition to ones consumed earlier, according to the report.

According to WISN, detectives showed the alleged victim photos obtained from Heaggan-Brown’s cellphone that showed the two men engaged in sexual activity. The man told the police he did not consent to sex; nor had been aware that photos were being taken.

In total, Heaggan-Brown is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent. According to WISN, if convicted, Heaggan-Brown faces up to almost 90 years in prison with about $230,000 in fines.

On Thursday the president of the Milwaukee Police Department’s union, Mike Crivello, released a statement saying, “In any large organization there may be a time that one, or a few, discredit the overall; this is by no means reflective of the overwhelming majority of good officers. The MPA condemns all criminal behavior by any member of society, whether part of this organization or not—in all situations it is imperative that fact[s] are allowed to dictate the outcome.”

Read more at CNN and WISN

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