Ex-guard charged with having sex with inmate

News-DemocratJuly 9, 2014 

A former female guard at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center was charged Wednesday with having sexual contact with a male inmate.

Victoria Castillo Wilken, 33, of Belleville, was charged with five counts of custodial sexual misconduct and one count of official misconduct by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The official misconduct charge states that Castillo Wilken, “with the intent to obtain a personal advantage for herself or another,” provided toothbrushes, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss and miscellaneous food items to an inmate, identified only as “L.G.” in the charges.

Wilken is accused of having sex with that same inmate twice between March 1 and March 31, engaged in oral sex twice between April 1 and April 30, and engaged in sex again between May 1 and May 17.

Castillo Wilken had a baby girl on May 21 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, according to a birth announcement that appeared in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Castillo Wilken is married to a former Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center guard, Bradley G. Wilken. He now works for the Illinois State Police.

“This is an ongoing public integrity investigation being conducted by my office, the Illinois State Police and the Department of Corrections,” State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

This is the 19th official misconduct offense charged since the state’s attorney’s office began focusing on public integrity cases in September 2011.

Among the 19 charged are:

• Alorton Mayor Joann Reed, who on Thursday pleaded guilty to sneaking a cell phone into the Alorton village jail and giving it to her niece. Reed, who was then village clerk, faced two counts of bringing contraband into a penal institution and two counts of official misconduct. The plea deal dropped all but one contraband charge and gave her two years of probation.

• Former New Athens police chief Dallas Hill pleaded guilty to official misconduct charges after he admitted that he took an Apple iPod and an Apple iPad from the evidence locker and used them for personal matters. He was sentenced to probation.

• Former Belleville police officer Sean Harris was charged with felony official misconduct and misdemeanor battery. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and received probation.

Castillo Wilken began working for the Illinois Department of Corrections on Oct. 1, 2003, according to the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. She earned $54,055 in 2013. Her employment ended on June 4.

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center is located at 950 Kingshighway in Washington Park. It houses 694 male inmates at the minimum security prison. The prison is a substance abuse treatment facility.

Illinois Department Of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said the department conducted an investigation in conjunction with the Illinois State Police. Shaer said there was no reason to investigate any other correctional officer or guard.

Internal affairs personnel at Southwestern Correctional Center investigated the possibilty of inappropriate contact, Shaer said, and were later joined by IDOC investigations and Illinois State Police, who presented their investigation to Kelly for charges.

“This was an isolated situation, involving one correctional officer and one offender. In any industry, pople make mistakes, “Shaer said. “If they do so in IDOC, we aggressively deal with such matters, as we did very strongly and effectively in this case.”

IDOC Director Salvador A “Tony” Godinez said his department has a zero tolerance policy for misconduct.

“We recognize the fine work of those who investigated and the rest of the more than 10,000 employees in IDOC, who continue to conduct themselves in accordance with our high standards,” Godinez said.

St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic set bail for Castillo Wilken at $20,000. The custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct charges she faces are Class 3 felonies punishable by two to five years in prison.