A Chicago police officer is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail this afternoon after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault in an attack on an underage girl.
CHICAGO - A Chicago police officer is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail this afternoon after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault in an attack on an underage girl.
William Greenwood, 43, a nine-year department veteran, was charged late Wednesday. He was arrested Tuesday at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, sources said.
Chicago police confirmed an officer had been relieved of police powers after being charged with the sex crime, but refused to release his name, citing terms of a union contract. Other sources said Greenwood worked in the Wentworth District on the South Side.
The assaults happened between Feb. 1 and May 1, Cook County Assistant State's Atty. Kathleen Muldoon said. After each assault, the victim told a friend about the incidents on her Facebook page, Muldoon said.
The friend, Muldoon said, eventually encouraged the victim to tell police about the attacks.
On Tuesday, the victim sent a text message to her mother informing her about the abuse, Muldoon said. After going to the police station for advice, the victim's mother took her to the hospital.
Muldoon said police are looking to obtain the Facebook message exchanges between the victim and her friend.
Chicago Police News Affairs, which initially had no immediate comment, later confirmed that the officer had been relieved of his police powers but refused to confirm his name, citing terms of its contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act specifically requires the disclosure of "the name of a person in the custody of a law enforcement agency and the charges for which that person is being held," but Chicago Police News Affairs Director Roderick Drew said the city's agreement with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 trumps state law.
Drew has said previously that another state statute, the Local Records Act, provides an exemption regarding the release of law enforcement officers' names and identifying information when they are charged criminally.
"We just cannot release the name," because of the union contract, Drew said.
Tags: sex, sexual, offender, issues, police, male offender, illinois,
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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