Cop Watch

Monday, September 05, 2005

County corrections officer arrested on sex-assault charges

ROCKFORD — A Winnebago County corrections officer was jailed — albeit briefly — after being arrested Friday afternoon on charges of criminal sexual assault involving a female inmate.

Bradley S. Champion, 35, an 11-year veteran of the department, is free after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond.

Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said the incident allegedly occurred Aug. 26, but authorities did not learn of it until Friday morning when the 26-year-old victim confided in another inmate.