An on-duty Chicago police officer sexually assaulted a suspect in his custody last month at a South Side hospital, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
Carlyle Calhoun, 46, a 10-year department veteran, was ordered held on $200,000 bail on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.
In court, prosecutors said police seized incriminating photos from Calhoun’s cellphone and DNA evidence linked the officer to the crime.
Calhoun, who most recently had been assigned to the Gresham police district, was relieved of his police powers and placed on paid desk duty early last month after police learned of the allegations, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. The department will move to suspend him without pay since he has been criminally charged, he said.
The male victim, whose age was not given, was arrested early on Feb. 3 on a misdemeanor charge. When he expressed suicidal thoughts, Calhoun and another officer were assigned to take him to St. Bernard Hospital and guard him while he underwent observation, prosecutors said.
When the other officer left to eat, Calhoun began to massage the man’s bare foot as his left hand and foot were shackled to the bed, Assistant State’s Attorney Ahmed Kosoko said.
Calhoun then grabbed hold of the victim’s genitals and took a cellphone photo of the genitals, Kosoko said.
After the other officer returned, Calhoun escorted the man to a bathroom down a hall, according to the prosecutor. Inside, he sexually assaulted the man despite his protests to stop and again took a photo of his genitals, Kosoko said.
Within minutes after Calhoun left, the man told hospital staff about what had happened. Swabs taken from the victim matched Calhoun’s DNA, and revealing photos of the victim were recovered from Calhoun’s phone, Kosoko said.
Calhoun’s attorney, Tammy Wendt, noted in court that Calhoun is a respected police officer with no criminal background. In November, she said, he negotiated with a knife-wielding man for three hours to ensure the safe return of the man’s daughter. In addition, he helps care for his elderly mother, Wendt said.
Over Wendt’s objections, Judge Sophia Atcherson said Calhoun must surrender any firearms in his possession if he posts bail. The judge did not grant prosecutors’ request to place Calhoun on electronic monitoring if he is released from custody.
Wendt declined to speak with reporters after the hearing.
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