Sexual Assault Suspect Charged; Victim Speaks Out (REVISED/UPDATED)

By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff

May 27 revision/update: Fox6 News reported that the case was charged in Walworth County, but it actually was in Jefferson County court. This article has also been updated with Mayorquin Landero Jr.’s address. He was released from custody on May 26 on a $1,000 cash bond with the following conditions: no acts or threats of violence, no contact with Victim 1, no presence on UW-Whitewater Campus.

Fox6 News Milwaukee reports that Pedro Mayorquin Landero Jr., 21, of 1012 W Shaw Ct #20, was charged in Jefferson County court on May 26 for the alleged sexual assault that occurred on the UW-W campus on Saturday, May 22. Mayorquin Landero Jr. faces one count of second-degree sexual assault and one court of attempted robbery with use of force. It is indicated that the alleged perpetrator acknowledged to police that he assaulted the victim, Melissa Jasurda; however, he denied any intentional sexual contact with the victim, stating that he only intended to rob her.

Although the victim would not normally be named, Ms. Jasurda consented to an interview, which is shown on the above report, in order to warn other people to be more cautious. She states that she had moved her family from Milwaukee in an attempt to avoid crime.

UW-W Police credited tips received from the public in helping to identify the suspect based on a video surveillance image.

The Banner is unable to independently confirm the charges as referenced above, as the case has not yet been posted on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access site.

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