CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune has reported that a Chicago police sergeant is under investigation for sexually assaulting a black transgender woman while on duty.
The newspaper broke the story Monday afternoon.
The newspaper said it obtained documents that alleged the sergeant had forced the woman to perform a sexual act in a police vehicle at a secluded place on the west side of Chicago.
The Tribune reported that the woman, who hasn’t been named, reported the assault to Rush Medical Center with DNA evidence shortly after the incident in March. Police didn’t interview her until several weeks later when she told police that she’d been assaulted by a “white shirt,” or police supervisor. According to the newspaper, he had threatened her with arrest unless she performed the sex act.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“I can make you one of my regulars,” the transgender woman, 39, quoted the officer as threatening her, according to police reports.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department stripped a sergeant of his police powers on April 6 based on the findings of an internal investigation.
A little more than a week later, the sergeant retired from the Police Department, according to Guglielmi. Months earlier, the sergeant had announced his plans to retire in mid-April, he said.
Police investigating the alleged sexual assault are still awaiting the results of DNA testing, Guglielmi said.
Documents obtained by the Tribune through a public-records request show this same officer had been recommended for firing more than 20 years ago after an investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs Division. That investigation found the officer and a partner had threatened to throw a convicted felon back into prison on bogus drug charges unless he handed over an illegal gun.
The officer was ultimately given just a 30-day suspension.
The Tribune said it hadn’t been able to contact the woman and it hasn’t published the officer’s name since he hasn’t been charged in the assault. He refused to talk with the newspaper.