Chicago Cops Indicted In Sexual Assault

UPDATED 06/02/11 7:53 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Chicago Police officers have been indicted, on charges that they sexually assaulted women on the city’s North Side earlier this year while on duty.

Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez, both age 38, were charged May 11 with criminal sexual assault and official misconduct for the March 30 assault of a 22-year-old woman.

Clavijo was also charged with a second count of criminal sexual assault and official misconduct for a separate incident — which occurred earlier in March and involved a 26-year-old woman, a the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Both were formally charged on Wednesday and arraignment was set for June 15, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

The men have been Chicago Police officers for 10 years, but were stripped of their powers in connection with the investigations.

The charges stem from a March 30 incident where the officers allegedly sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in her Rogers Park neighborhood apartment.

A police report for the incident in which the Town Hall District officers were charged says the woman was crying while walking outside near Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street, after leaving a male friend’s home where they had been drinking and arguing.

At some point, a marked Chicago Police Tahoe sport-utility vehicle approached with two male officers inside. They offered the woman a ride home, and she accepted, according to the report.

The woman told police that during the ride, she had sex with one of the officers in a passenger seat of the SUV and that she did not say “no,” according to the report.

When they arrived at her apartment in the Rogers Park neighborhood, all three went inside, where she had sex with one officer in her bed. But she began banging on her wall with her hands hoping to catch her neighbors’ attention, saying she felt intimidated by the officers and was afraid to say “no” to their sexual advances, the report said.

Allegations also indicate the officers played strip poker with the woman, but an attorney for the woman later said that claim was false.

She eventually ran from her apartment screaming and pounding on a male neighbor’s door, who didn’t answer. Another neighbor, a woman, saw her and called police, prompting an initial response about 3 a.m. for a “person calling for help.”

When the male neighbor finally opened his door after hearing the commotion, he told police he saw a naked man running down the hallway and another man dressed in a Chicago Police uniform walking away, according to the report.

Police sources say the officers left behind mock turtleneck collars with the letters CPD embroidered on them, a cell phone, and a police belt-keeper. The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston for treatment.

GPS data showed the officers also stopped at a liquor store and other places on the way to the alleged victim’s residence, the sources said.

The corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street, where the woman was allegedly first found walking, is within the Town Hall District where Clavijo and Vasquez were assigned to patrol. But the woman’s apartment in Rogers Park is two districts away.

The additional incident in which only Clavijo is charged occurred March 10 about 1 a.m. while the officers were on duty together near Clark and Sheffield, prosectors said.

Again, in their marked vehicle, they saw a woman walking alone and offered her a ride, prosecutors said. The officers drove the victim home and asked to come into the apartment to use the restroom.

Once inside, as his partner was using the restroom, prosecutors allege Clavijo followed the woman into her bedroom, pushed her onto the bed, pulled down her pants and performed a sex act on her.

When the woman objected, the officers left. Prosecutors said the victim did not immediately report the assault because she worked in the area and was intimidated because the suspects were officers who knew where she lived.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Mike

    Now, convict them.

  • Right


  • Dunno

    Creeps. Lock em up and throw away the key.

  • zarathrusta

    Awe, give ’em a chance. This sort of thing is common in their “culture.”

  • tunafish charlie

    WOW…i never knew they were WHITE COPS…I”M SHOCKED and SPEECH LESS.

    • Jsmith7777

      They aren’t white. They are hispanic, Mexican, latino, whatever you want to call it. But they aren’t white. And, shockingly, I’ll bet you aren’t, either.
      Rape is a crime that doesn’t have a nationality.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    I don’t believe for one second that this woman wasn’t a willing participant right up to the point where she freaked out. All these two are guilty of is improper behavior by on duty cops. That’s all.

    • Right

      Imprper enough that they will lose their jobs, pay fines, face prison and undermine the other good cops in the city, idiot.

      • Right

        Excuse me, Improper

  • tunafish charlie

    @ JSMITH7777…unless you have a crystal ball over there don’t assume….i must have hit a NERVE…you mention HISPANIC..MEXICAN…like that’s a bad thing too be of that race…the CHICAGO police dept. is made up of all people..BLACK..HISPANIC..
    POLISH..ITALIAN…ASIAN..INDIAN…and GAY…i chose you to be the WHITE GAY ONE…

  • tunafish charlie

    @ JSMITH7777…I agree sir..raps is a crime that doesn’t have any nationality…neither does being ” STUPID ” so unless you have a crystal ball don’t assume..FOOL A**

  • Glass Half full

    Hey at least they got laid and if you read more about this you may change your views on this

  • Sexual assault 6/4/2011 « Sleeping Beauty Slavery

    […] Chicago Cops Indicted For Sexual Assault « CBS Chicago Two Chicago Police officers accused of sexually assaulting women on the North Side earlier this year while on duty were indicted on Wednesday.…/chicago-cops-indicted-for-sexual-assa… […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live