Man accused of sexually assaulting co-worker as she slept


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ST. CROIX - Police arrested a security guard on charges that he sexually touched one of his co-workers without her consent.

Brian Hendrickson, 33, of Estate Rattan was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with a single count of unlawful sexual contact.

Hendrickson appeared before Magistrate Judge Jessica Gallivan on Monday morning and was advised of his rights on the single charge. He was advised that if he is tried and convicted, he could be sent to prison for up to 15 years.

According to a sworn affidavit filed in V.I. Superior Court by V.I. Police Detective Vanessa Richardson, the charges stem from an incident reported to police Oct. 25. A woman reported that she was working the overnight shift at an establishment where Hendrickson is a security guard and was working in a back room and when Hendrickson came in they talked casually for a while, according to Richardson.

The woman said she later was looking at the presidential debate on her computer and fell asleep at the desk, according to the affidavit. The woman said she was awakened by a sensation and jumped up, thinking it was her cellphone ringing in her pocket, according to Richardson.

The woman said when she opened her eyes she realized that Hendrickson was rubbing his penis against her upper thigh, according to the document.

She said she yelled at him and asked what he was doing, and Hendrickson responded, "You done woke up and spoiled the session," according to the court file.

Richardson said the woman reported that when Hendrickson realized how upset she was, he asked her on several occasions if she was going to report him and whether the room they were in had cameras. The woman said she was scared, embarrassed and felt violated and believed that Hendrickson may have done something to her if there were no cameras in the room, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she then told a friend about the incident and subsequently told a manager, who called police.

Hendrickson was interviewed by police the next day and said that he had been bar hoping to celebrate his birthday and went into work about midnight, according to the court file. He said he was talking with the woman and after she fell asleep at the desk, he may have been sitting too close to her so she felt when he pulled his penis out, according to the document.

Police reported that Hendrickson admitted to touching the woman and said that although he had been drinking a lot, he could not blame his actions on the alcohol.

In a motion for release by the Office of the Public Defender, Gallivan allowed Hendrickson released to a third-party custodian after both signed an unsecured bond for $50,000 bail.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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