Federal agent charged in sex assaults must remain on GPS monitoring | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 10, 2018February 25, 2020
WAUKESHA – A federal agent charged with sexually assaulting three women over four years must remain on GPS monitoring while on bail, a Waukesha County judge ordered Monday.
David Scharlat, 53, of Oconomowoc, was charged in March and has been free on $10,000 bail — and electronic monitoring — since April. Through his attorney, he has denied the charges and said all of his sexual encounters with the women were consensual.
On Monday, his attorney, Paul Bucher, asked that Scharlat, who is on leave from the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department, be relieved of the cost and inconvenience of the GPS ankle bracelet because he has been compliant with all other bail conditions.
But Assistant District Attorney Michele Hulgaard argued that since Scharlat is accused of threatening his victims, the government fears that if he were not tracked by GPS, he could intimidate them prior to trial.
Hulgaard read a statement from one of the victims opposed to any change in the bail conditions, recounting the surgeries, therapy and stress she’s suffered and how it caused her to lose income and sell her home.
Bucher said the only person doing any threatening is one of the victims, who he said posted on Facebook that if Scharlat was removed from GPS, she “wouldn’t take it sitting down,” and that she would like to be alone in a room with Scharlat and “take care of it.”
Circuit Judge Maria Lazar said she was glad Scharlat has complied with the conditions so far but that was no reason to remove the electronic monitoring, which she said would not impair his due process rights. She denied Bucher’s motion.
Regarding trial, Bucher asked that the next scheduled status hearing be pushed back to the end of August since he’s only just begun wading through what he called 800 hours of discovery on 18 CDs.
According to the criminal complaint filed March 30, the victims say Scharlat assaulted them at a hotel, the home of a former Brookfield police lieutenant and Scharlat’s own home over a span of four years. The women told investigators that Scharlat reminded them he was a federal agent and sometimes kept his gun and badge nearby during the assaults.
One woman told police she was assaulted by him twice last fall. Her injuries required multiple surgeries.
Another woman described how Scharlat assaulted her and made “so many threats to her over the years, including that he would kill her.”
Defense attorney Paul Bucher accused Assistant District Attorney Michele Hulgaard of grandstanding following a court appearance for his client David Scharlat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel