Chicago cop accused of beating gay couple, molesting teen gets pension increase
CHICAGO — Chicago police Sgt. Eric J. Elkins, who is under investigation for molesting a teenage boy in Michigan and for beating a gay couple in Andersonville, will be getting his full pension despite quitting last month.
On Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Elkins, who is gay himself, went to the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund and asked for permission to enhance his city pension by giving him credit for the four-plus years he had spent as a Cook County sheriff’s dispatcher and a forest preserve cop before joining the Chicago Police Department in 1999. The fund said yes.
Now, when Elkins turns 50, he could be eligible for $61,644 per year with the pension.
From the Sun-Times:
A source told the Sun-Times that the internal affairs investigation of the Michigan incident had dragged on for years because investigators forgot about it. They didn’t interview Elkins until last year, after reporters asked about the case. A police spokesman has said there was no intentional delay.
While under investigation in that case, Elkins was placed on desk duty, where he spent more than three years. During that time, he was paid more than $100,000 a year, which counted toward his pension service credits, records show.
But he’s not getting any pension credits for nearly 12 months he spent on “personal leave” in 2003 and 2004 while defending himself against a criminal charge that he sexually abused a male Amundsen High School student while working security there in addition to his police job. He went to trial and was found not guilty.
With the Michigan case, he was charged with misdemenor criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 80 hours of community service and avoided having to register as a sex offender. He has not been charged with the November beating of a gay couple in Andersonville, though the couple is suing him.
The Sun-Times reported previously that since he has resigned, the Chicago Police Department can’t take any disciplinary action against him. And since both incidents took place off-duty, it won’t affect the pension.