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Cicero police detective charged with felony for allegedly transmitting HIV

John Savage police officer charged with criminally transmitting HIV

John Savage, police officer charged with criminally transmitting HIV

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Updated: April 16, 2013 4:13PM

A Cicero police detective has been charged with criminal transmission of HIV, a felony.

John W. Savage, 38, of LaGrange Park, was arrested Wednesday at the Cicero police department by Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Cook County Sheriff Department spokesman Frank Bilecki said.

Savage appeared in court Thursday in Maywood and was released without having to post a cash bond, police said.

Authorities said the arrest stemmed from an online relationship that led to a physical relationship between Savage and a 24-year-old man.

According to police and prosecutors, Savage and the victim met on a gay website and went on their first date July 10,2012. They again went out on July 29,2012, went to a movie and ended up at Savage’s home where they had unprotected sex. The next day, as the alleged victim drove home, the two exchanged texts, and Savage disclosed his HIV status for the first time, prosecutors said. Phone records and medical records substantiate the medical history and communication, prosecutors said.

Savage’s attorney, Todd Pugh, said the alleged victim knew that Savage is HIV positive, saying his status “was no secret.”

“This fellow knew full and well all of the facts and circumstances regarding this encounter,” Pugh said.

Prosecutors did not specify if the victim was infected.

Pugh said “There is nothing in the state’s proffer to suggest the human immunodeficiency virus was transmitted.”

The 24-year-old man declined to comment when reached by the Sun-Times.

Ray Hanania, the spokesman for the town of Cicero, said Savage was off-duty when the incident allegedly occurred. He said the town has suspended Savage.

Savage has been a detective in Cicero for over five years, Pugh said. He’s been with Cicero police for 12 years, where he’s “enjoyed nothing but a sterling reputation.”

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