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Schaumburg police chief denies threatening ex-girlfriend

Dawn Davis who has accused Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howertstalking. | Courtesy CBS 2 News

Dawn Davis, who has accused Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton of stalking. | Courtesy CBS 2 News

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Updated: November 11, 2012 6:22AM

Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton is denying claims by a former girlfriend that he harassed and threatened her during their 18-month relationship.

But his ex-girlfriend, Dawn Davis, is questioning why the veteran police chief is still the suburb’s top cop nearly six months after she first complained about his alleged actions.

“It just does not seem like the appropriate steps were taken,” Davis’ lawyer, Kaci Holguin said Tuesday.

The allegations made earlier this year by Davis, 46, of Schaumburg, prompted two investigations of Howerton, including a review by the Illinois State Police. The results of that investigation have been turned over to Cook County prosecutors, who are reviewing the findings but declined to offer any other information.

“We’re looking at it,” said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

A separate review by Schaumburg’s Office of Professional Standards was launched in March after Davis filed a formal complaint against Howerton, 52. It was suspended while state police investigated the allegations but has since resumed, village officials said in a statement.

In a WBBM-TV (Channel 2) news interview, Davis contended that had Howerton followed her, watched her house and once threatened to dispose of her body by putting it in a wood chipper.

Davis’ attorney said Tuesday the alleged behavior continued through much of the couple’s on-and-off relationship.

“He would make intimidating and threatening comments to her, then say it was just a joke,” Holguin said.

Howerton disputed those claims.

“I deny any of her allegations,” Howerton told the Chicago Sun-Times, declining to comment further citing the pending investigations.

But in a July letter to village officials, Howerton said Davis “threatened to destroy me” after he ended their relationship on March 21.

She filed her complaint with village officials five days later, said Howerton, who has served as a Schaumburg police officer for 31 years.

Davis’ complaint is the first made against Howerton by a citizen in his career, village officials said.

Schaumburg officials said Howerton remains on duty as chief because village officials received no information from state police indicating that they expected to seek criminal charges against him.

“ISP has not during the six months it has investigated this matter notified the village that the investigation was leading in that direction. Therefore, the chief has remained at work,” Village Manager Ken Fritz said in a statement.

When she filed her complaint, Davis obtained a special-watch order seeking daily police patrols to make sure Howerton does not come near her home, Holguin and village officials said.

“She was concerned for her safety when she made that request,” Holguin said.

Holguin said Davis has had no contact with Howerton since she filed her complain in March.

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