Corrections officer indicted for sexual assault

Staff report

DAYTON — Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. announced today that Franco R. Villella, 23, of Troy, has been indicted for sexually assaulting a female inmate in the Montgomery County Jail.

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the defendant was on duty and working as a Corrections Officer at the Montgomery County Jail. The defendant took the victim, who was an inmate being held in the jail, down a hallway to a restroom, and forced her to submit to sexual conduct.

The Montgomery County Grand Jury heard testimony from a number of witnesses, including the victim, other inmates, Corrections Officers, and Sheriff Deputies.

Today, the Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the defendant on:

 Two counts of Sexual Battery

“Incarcerated inmates, whether in a jail or a prison, have the right to be safe, especially from the corrections staff,”said Heck. “This defendant took advantage of his position and authority as a Corrections Officer and assaulted the victim.”

The defendant is currently out of custody and is on the Electronic Home Detention Program.

Staff report