Milwaukee FF arrested on duty for alleged sexual assault

Prosecutors said the fire lieutenant sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl and messaged her asking her not to report him


By FireRescue1 Staff

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee firefighter was arrested at a fire department facility while on duty and is facing a charge of sexual assault against a child under the age of 16.

Fire Lt. Robert Olson, 44, was arrested Wednesday morning while in uniform, according to FOX 6.

Milwaukee Fire Lt. Robert Olson, 44, was arrested Nov. 20 and faces a sexual assault charge for alleged offenses against a 14-year-old girl. (Photo/Milwaukee Sheriff's Department Facebook)
Milwaukee Fire Lt. Robert Olson, 44, was arrested Nov. 20 and faces a sexual assault charge for alleged offenses against a 14-year-old girl. (Photo/Milwaukee Sheriff's Department Facebook)

The Milwaukee Fire Department said in a news release Monday they have opened an internal investigation and are taking the matter seriously.

Olson is accused of sexual assaulting a 14-year-old girl multiple times, and prosecutors say he sent her messages saying, “I am so sorry got (sic) what happened, I didn’t mean to, please don’t go, please don’t tell anyone.”

Prosecutors said additional message he sent to family members of the girl read, “in the last three months since this happened, I have done a ton of work to regain trust. 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.”

A judge set a cash bond of $7,500 for Olson on Monday and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 2.

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