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Updated: July 10, 2012 6:05AM

A Chicago cop was stripped of his police powers Friday while authorities investigate an allegation that he engaged in a sex act earlier this week with a transvestite man being held in a cell at the Harrison District police station on the West Side, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The officer is being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, according to a written statement the department released.

A police spokeswoman would not discuss details of the case or identify the officer, who works in the Harrison District.

The officer has not been charged with any crime, a state’s attorney’s spokeswoman said.

The investigation began after a police official at the Harrison District station was told by a man, dressed as a woman, who was being held in the lockup there that the officer took him to a cell Thursday and had sexual contact with him in the cell, sources told the Sun-Times.

The cell isn’t equipped with a surveillance camera, one source said.

The officer has been stripped of his badge and gun and placed on administrative duty.

Mark Konkol

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