Robert Wilson, 41, was arrested by the same department that he worked for. The incidents happened within the past two years with seven alleged victims.
"The people of this community put their trust in us and we don't take that lightly," said Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn calls it a sad and embarrassing day. Investigators say Sgt. Robert Wilson raped and sexually abused inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Brighton.
"Each and every member of the sheriff's office is entrusted with a certain degree of responsibility, even more so as a supervisor, and Mr. Wilson's actions betrayed this trust in our organization, his co-workers, and most importantly the community that we serve," said O'Flynn.
Investigators say the incidents happened as recently as this summer. Information on Wilson's work computer sparked the investigation. None of the women came forward.
"Regardless of what they've done in their past and where they are and what their station of life is, if they are victims, and a law is violated, we will represent their interest in court and that's what we plan to do," said Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney.
Wilson now faces 23 counts. The 17 year veteran is suspended without pay.
"We derive our authority through the confidence and the trust the community has and anytime a police officer in the county does something that violates that trust, it's a black mark on all of us," said O'Flynn.
Wilson was released on bail Friday morning. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 12 years in state prison.