Rape Conviction Of Chicago Cop Reversed

CHICAGO (CBS) — A rape case that shocked the city of Chicago has taken a dramatic turn: The police officer convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman could soon walk out of prison a free man, his conviction reversed.

John Herman, 45, worked at the 6th District Station. But in 2004, a woman he’d had sex with reported that he kidnapped and raped her.

The 20-year veteran office was later convicted. At the time, even fellow officers said it was shameful.

But just this week, an appellate court handed down a decision reversing that conviction. The opinion says evidence against Herman was insufficient and that there was a lack of credible testimony.

“The system is the greatest on the planet. Sometimes it takes a long, long while, but our system works,” Herman attorney Peter Hickey told CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.

Herman’s attorneys say they knew the woman’s testimony — that Herman took her in his squad car to her South Side apartment, then raped her — was false all along. Hickey said the woman, an admitted crack addict, sought a $5,000 payoff to go away.

But the woman’s attorney says he’s sticking with his client’s original story.

“I have absolutely no qualms that my client was telling the truth,” Matthew Belcher said.

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Asked if the woman could now be criminally charged, he said he wasn’t sure.

“The state’s attorney would have to have her indicted, and I don’t see that that’s going to happen,” Belcher said.

Belcher says he hasn’t spoken to his client yet about all of this.

A panel of three judges issued the 33-page opinion. It details that the woman who made the rape report admitted to smoking six to eight rocks of cocaine on the night in question.

She sued the city and got $1.5 million in a settlement.

Herman’s appellate attorney, Emily Eisner, said it’s not clear how soon the former police officer may leave prison. She said that depends on whether the Cook County state’s attorney’s office tries to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

  • joe

    who cares, we will never know what really happend anyway…if he weren’t a policeman, would this have been overturned ?

    • shannon

      If he wasn’t he never would have been found guilty in the first place.

  • Vetus

    Where are the women groups? They should be disgusted with the appellate court’s decision. And the city, they paid the victim a lot of money.

    • Trainwreck

      if she even is a victim

  • Keep It In Your Holster Buckaroo

    That was an expensive sexual encounter paid for one way or the other by the fine tax payers of The City Of Chicago.

  • Concern Citizen

    Now that Weis is gone, I’m sure the CPD and Hillard will through a fundraiser and give him his job back. Its just the beginning of the Post-Weis era!!

  • David Lee

    Chicago cops are, afterall, ABOVE the law! Only when video of their criminal behavior exists are they held accountable. Ask Anita Alverez. SHE knows all about it!

    • Alex

      And them who pays for him getting laid tax payers chicago finest at work”

  • Raymond Prudente

    Court records indicated SGT. Herman’s rape case was consensual, occurred when he was off-duty, and that his “Sex-Friend”– as he called her–was setting him up for a lawsuit. But Trial Judge Joseph Claps called Herman’s testimony “unreasonable and nothing short of perjury.”

    By using his authority to harassed and sexually abused the victim (drug addict), SGT. Herman discredited himself and impaired Chicago Police Department by his conduct. Abusive Chicago Police personnel should be monitored, investigated and prosecuted. Chicago deserved a Police Department that sets higher standard. How can they be trusted and respected?

  • Vicky

    Cop porks a crackhead on duty, crackhead sues city for a million bucks and wins, cop gets out of jail and gets his job back. What a heartwarming story. Puke.

  • Vicky

    That 1.5 mil should keep her cracked up for a spell.

  • Roberta Waker

    Seems to me, rape or not, he took advantage of a crackhead that probably didn’t know what day it was when this happened. He is still a convicted felon and does NOT deserve to get his job back. Overturning his conviction still leaves a lot of unanswered questions, too many to believe he was telling the truth. Only HE really know what happened.

  • Citizen

    I knew this guy was innocent from day one. The court should very quickly seize that hoe’s assets and begin the process of recouping the money.She also should do time for purjury. The whole thing seemed like a scam from the beginning.

    • whatsgoingonnowadays

      I agree. Who the hell oversought the case? You really want to send a cop to jail when someone was doped with 6-8 rocks they already smoked when they said this happened? No wonder you cant trust the system

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  • uest

    1.5 mil nice wonder how many crack rocks she bought with her settelment? PROB blew every penny of it on CRACK!

    • whatsgoingonnowadays


  • whatsgoingonnowadays

    this woman is a liar and a disgrace to all humanity convicting one of chicago’s finest to help her addiction

  • concernd

    6 to 8 rocks of cocaine, there is reason to doubt the cop. The appellet court found NO crdiitable evidence. How could Chicago convict on this.

  • Amigwyn

    The city paid a crack addict $1.5 million because she accused a cop of rape and her story was believed? Wow. I’m glad I don’t pay taxes there. I guess it is possible she was raped by him, but $1.5 million for a bad seed? If that were the case in all cities, the only thing judges would ever do is preside over cases of governmental bullies and all around bad guys in power.

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