August 25, 2009 (WOODSTOCK, Ill.) --
A suspended McHenry County correctional officer has formally pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual misconduct involving four female inmates at the county jail. At his hearing Tuesday, 29-year-old Elias Dario Fortoso asked for a jury trial on the accusations. They which include four new felony charges alleging inappropriate activity with two women not included when the claims against him first were made public late last month.
A grand jury last week indicted the South Elgin resident on four counts of custodial sexual misconduct and two counts of official misconduct. They allegedly stemmed from six separate incidents between Feb. 1 and July 9.
Fortoso was arrested July 27 after a two-week investigation begun when a female inmate reported allegations to a staffer in the McHenry County Public Defender's office.