|Monroe County, NY Court Judge Frank Geraci|
September 14, 2012 7:02 PM ET
Many Rochester, NY area residents are questioning how a former Monroe County, NY Sheriff's department Sergeant who has been charged with raping 7 female inmates at the jail he supervised was released on only $5,000 bail.
Robert Wilson, 41, of Greece, NY, a former Monroe County Sheriff's Sergeant employed at the Monroe County Jail, in Henrietta. NY was charged in a 23 count indictment unsealed Friday morning.
Wilson is charged with one count of third-degree criminal sex act, two counts of third-degree rape, both felonies, 12 counts of second-degree sex abuse, seven counts of official misconduct, and one count of patronizing a prostitute.
The count of patronizing a prostitute did not occur at the jail.
The rapes occured while Wilson was employed at the East Henrietta Rd. jail where he had full access to the facility.
Wilson was arraigned at the Hall of Justice Friday morning, where Monroe County Court Judge Frank Geraci Jr. set his bail was set at only $5,000 cash, $10,000 bond.
Wilson posted bail and was released before noon.
Geraci, a former Monroe County assistant district attorney, has been a Monroe County Court Judge for more than 13 years.
Before that, he served as a city court judge.
In May of this year, after being recommended by New York State Senator Chuck Schumer, President Obama officially nominated Geraci for a spot on the federal bench.
Why Geraci would set such a low bail for Wilson, who in addition to facing serious charges, also betrayed the public's trust, is something many people are asking.
And something we may never know.
What is known is that a regular citizen, especially an African-American or Latino, charged with the same crimes, would never get such a low bail set by a judge.
So the question here is did the fact that Wilson was a former law enforcement officer, play a part in Geraci's decision to release him on such a low bail amount despite his being accused of such serious crimes?
We all know that corruption exists on every level of the judicial system.
Link to my original story on former Monroe County, NY Sheriff Sergeant Robert Wilson charged with raping 7 female inmates http://davyv.blogspot.com/2012/09/monroe-county-ny-sheriff-patrick-oflynn.html
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