Last Thursday, twice arrested Chester police officer Albert Dion Ross was arrested a third time after turning himself in at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media for allegedly sexually assaulting women on duty, after another accuser came forward.
With the addition of the latest alleged victim, referred to as “Victim #4” in an affidavit written by County Investigative Division (CID) Det. Robert Lythgoe, there are a total of five known accusers going back to the previous law enforcement agencies where Ross was employed and reportedly reprimanded for similar accusations of sexual assault. Each of these accusations from the officer’s employment history was also noted in a September press release from the District Attorney’s Office.
According to the most recent complaint, in Aug. 2017, “Victim #4” said her children triggered an alarm in her residence that alerts local police, which prompted the Chester Police Department to respond and Ross was dispatched to the residence.
The call was also confirmed by the Delaware County Emergency Communication Center records that reveal that Ross was dispatched to the female accuser’s residence on Monday, Aug. 21 at 7:19 p.m. Ross also recorded the call in the Chester Police Department’s call log records.
Victim #4 knew Ross from previous encounters, the affidavit reads, and met the officer at the main entrance to explain to Ross that there “was no problem/issue, that one of her children activated the alarm by pushing the panic button.”
Ross, the report reads, asked to enter the residence and also asked if anyone else was inside, but “Victim #4” denied the officer entry and told him her children were home. It was at this point, according to the affidavit, that Ross “knowingly and intentionally rubbed the right breast of Victim #4 with his hand two times without the consent of Victim #4.”
The female, who was “offended and scared,” asked Ross, “What are you doing?,” according to the complaint. Ross responded that he was making sure that “everything was okay.”
The report reads that Ross asked the female accuser about her evening plans and Victim #4 responded that she was watching her children, which prompted Ross to suggest she get a babysitter.
The officer was released on an unsecured $250,000 bond and his attorney, Enrique Latoison, declined to comment on his client’s latest arrest.
After much talk, from sources familiar with the case, about the multiple postponements since Ross’ initial arrest, the new date for a hearing, following the most recent arrest, has been scheduled for Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. in Chester City under Magisterial District Judge Dawn Vann.
Observers of the case question whether hosting the hearing in the same building as the police department where Ross works, even though he has since been suspended without pay, poses a conflict of interest.
Others speculate, however, that the scheduled date is a placeholder and the case will eventually be sent to another district court, outside the city.