MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — A manager has been charged with groping multiple women at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the western suburbs.
Edward Howard, 67, of Country Club Hills, was arrested Friday and was charged with four counts of misdemeanor battery, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. He was released on $4,000 bond.READ MORE: Who Is Suspected FedEx Mass Shooter Brandon Scott Hole?
In early February, the Hines VA Hospital Police Department asked sheriff’s police detectives to launch criminal sexual harassment investigation after a woman complained to the hospital’s human resources department claiming that Howard had abused her. Howard is chief of central supplies for the hospital and the woman’s supervisor, sheriff’s police said.
Over the next several weeks, three more women told sheriff’s police that Howard had touched them inappropriately and made inappropriate sexual comments to them, sheriff’s police said.READ MORE: Aurora Pop-Up Pantry Opens On Monday
The incidents occurred between November 2010 and January of this year, and Howard was the supervisor for all the women who came forward, sheriff’s police said.
Three of the women said they did not report the incidents initially out of fear of retaliation, sheriff’s police said.MORE NEWS: Brandon Scott Hole Identified As Gunman Who Shot And Killed 8 People, Wounded 5 Others In Shooting At FedEx Facility In Indianapolis
Howard is due to appear on May 5 at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood.