Cop accused of sexually assaulting teenage relative
By Rummana Hussain Criminal Courts Reporter January 17, 2014 4:14PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 6:08AM
A Chicago Police officer sexually assaulted a teenage relative and scared her so much after they argued about “guns and knives,” the girl slept with her door locked and a knife under her pillow, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.
But Daniel Aguilera’s attorney said the 17-year-old was a “conniver” who made up the story because she didn’t want to listen to the rules Aguilera imposed since he welcomed her into his home two years ago.
“He is appalled that she would make these false accusations,” defense attorney Joseph Pavone said after the 57-year-old Aguilera was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail on criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.
In court, Pavone said the girl, a former runaway who was once the subject of an Amber Alert, has “psychological” issues.
However, prosecutors said it was Aguilera who was at fault and was far from being the “pillar of the community” that Pavone described.
The 22-year Chicago Police veteran fondled the girl after she fell asleep on the couch as the two watched a movie on New Year’s Eve in their home, in the 7500 block of South Trumbull Avenue,, prosecutors said.
After the teenager went to her bedroom, Aguilera followed and lay on top of the girl over her bed covers, assistant state’s attorney Anastasia Harper said.
They again watched a movie but Aguilera then turned the film off and began fondling the girl, prosecutors said.
The girl allegedly started crying and rolled over to the other side of the bed.
But Aguilera persisted and continued to sexually assault her, Harper said.
The girl tried to leave the house by pretending to walk the dog following the attack, but Aguilera ordered her back in, Harper said.
When the girl came back inside the house, the two started arguing about “guns and knives,” Harper said.
Harper did not know the specifics of the argument but said the victim was so frightened, she took a knife from the kitchen, locked herself in the room and slept with the weapon under her pillow.
The next day, relatives held a meeting to discuss the matter after the girl told Aguilera’s wife what happened, Harper said.
Aguilera allegedly admitted to massaging the girl’s feet, back and thighs with lotion at that gathering.
Judge Israel Desierto ordered Aguilera to surrender his weapons, including his service revolver.
Aguilera has been relieved of his police powers, according to police spokesman Adam Collins.