Steven Lelinski, a veteran Milwaukee police officer from a family of officers, built a rock-solid public image, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Committed cop. Proud father. Dedicated volunteer. He was elected to the union board, graduated from a program that grooms civic leaders, helped elect an alderman, got a state appointment from the governor and headed a board overseeing the city’s $4 billion pension fund. He raised six children, served as chairman of his south side parish and ran a food tent at Polish Fest.
For nearly a decade, prosecutors say, Lelinski has been getting away with sexual assault, targeting women whose reputations would never stand up to his. He is charged with assaulting three women on separate occasions, dating back to 2002. The prosecution plans to introduce accusations from six other women who say Lelinski assaulted them as far back as 1996. Lelinski denies the charges. The Journal Sentinel profiles Lelinski.