Cook County corrections worker charged with sexually assaulting teen
BY JON SEIDEL AND DAVID ROEDER Staff Reporters August 11, 2013 11:26PM
Daniel Robinson, 39, a Cook County correctional employee from Cary, is charged with unlawful restraint and criminal sexual abuse in a June 26 incident in Berkeley, according to court records. He was arrested Saturday, and Cook County Judge James Brown set his bail Sunday at $50,000.
A 15-year Cook County correctional employee has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in west suburban Berkeley and telling her it was OK because he was a cop.
Daniel Robinson, 39, of Cary, has been charged with unlawful restraint and criminal sexual abuse in the June 26 incident in the 5600 block of St. Charles Road in Berkeley, according to court records.
He was arrested Saturday, and Cook County Judge James Brown set his bail Sunday at $50,000.
Assistant State’s Attorney Oscar Garcia said Robinson met the girl online and told her he was a police officer. They agreed to meet in a parking lot June 26, Garcia said, but she ultimately rejected his advances and he drove her home.
She told Robinson he wasn’t welcome in the apartment complex where she lived, Garcia said, but Robinson stayed and later saw the girl enter a laundry room there. He followed her in, Garcia said, and tried to force himself on her until her stepfather walked in and Robinson fled.
Garcia said Robinson was wearing a white shirt with a Cook County insignia during the assault. He also said Robinson’s arrest was delayed while investigators sought cellphone records.
Benjamin Breit, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, said Robinson worked in records at the Department of Corrections. He said Dart will monitor the case and decide if Robinson will be put on administrative leave pending trial.
Breit said Robinson is undergoing a psychological evaluation, which is standard for an officer being held in the county jail.