Firefighter Allegedly Sexually Assaulted 14-Year-Old Girl Three Times, Tried to Make up for It by Taking Her Out to Concerts and Movies

A Wisconsin firefighter has been arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

Robert Olson, 44, was taken into custody on November 20 and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

The criminal complaint said the 14-year-old victim told investigators Olsen had touched her sexually on three separate occasions at his home between September 1 and November 22, WAOW reported.

Olson, who is a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Fire Department, allegedly stopped his assaults against the girl when he met his current girlfriend, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

According to the complaint, Olson sent the girl text messages apologizing and urging her not to alert authorities. "I am so sorry got (sic) what happened, I didn't mean to, please don't go, please don't tell anyone, I am going to go to prison, I'm going to get raped, I'm so sorry ... I want to help you," one message said, according to WAOW.

The station reported that Olson also sent text messages allegedly claiming to have made up for what happened by taking the girl out to concerts, movie nights, hayrides and haunted houses.

He also sent a family member of the girl a message, WAOW reported, saying: "I have already made extreme life changes and carry this every day like a 100-pound weight no matter what it looks like on the outside I assure you I've taken ownership and I'm still trying to."

Olson was hired by the Milwaukee Fire Department in August 2000 and earned a salary of more than $120,000 last year, the Journal Sentinel reported.

According to the newspaper, he is part of the department's Peer Support Team, meaning he has received specialized training in crisis intervention to provide support to the department's firefighters and their families.

Olson was arrested by the Oak Creek Police Department on the morning of November 22, the Journal Sentinel reported.

The fire department said it is taking Olsen's arrest "very seriously" and has launched an internal investigation, the newspaper reported. Newsweek has contacted the Milwaukee Fire Department and Oak Creek Police Department for further comment.

Olson was ordered to be held on bail with a cash bond set at $7,500, online records show. According to WAOW, he was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim or her family. He will have to wear an electronic monitoring device if he posts bail.

If convicted of the charge against him, Olson faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on December 2.

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Robert Olson, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Fire Department, has been charged with second degree sexual assault of a child. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office