Two Chicago Police officers charged with sexually assaulting woman
BY MICHAEL LANSU AND ROSEMARY SOBOL Staff Reporters May 11, 2011 11:41PM
Updated: August 30, 2011 12:15AM
Two Chicago Police officers were charged with sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman who they allegedly played strip poker with in her Rogers Park home, officials said.
Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez, both age 38, were charged with criminal sexual assault and official misconduct, sources said.
The officers had been stripped of their powers in connection with an investigation that they sexually assaulted the woman at her home and in a police SUV in March.
“The alleged criminal actions of these officers infuriated the thousands of honorable, proud officers that make up the Chicago Police Department, who have taken an oath to protect the citizens of Chicago,” said a statement from police Wednesday night.
“The Department, and the law enforcement community, will not tolerate anyone who disgraces the badge by violating the law and the public’s trust.”
A third Town Hall District police officer also had been stripped of his police powers in connection with an investigation of the case. It is unclear whether that officer will be charged in the case.
On March 30, the woman, walking near Wrigley Field, allegedly was crying and upset after leaving a male friend’s home where they had been drinking and arguing.
At some point, she was approached by a marked Chicago Police Tahoe SUV with two male officers inside, according to a police report. The officers offered her a ride home and she accepted.
The woman claimed that during the ride, she had sex with one of the officers in a passenger seat of the SUV and that she did not say “no,” according to the report. When they arrived at her apartment in the 1300 block of West Greenleaf, they went inside, where they played strip poker and she had sex with one officer in her bed.
According to the report, the woman, who later said she felt intimidated by the officers and was afraid to say “no” to their sexual advances, eventually ran from her apartment screaming, and a neighbor called police.
A second neighbor told police he saw a naked man running down the hallway and another man dressed in a Chicago Police uniform walking away. A cell phone belonging to one of the suspects was found in the woman’s room, the report said.