Prosecutors have dropped their latest non-consensual dissemination of sexual images case against the Chicago Heights Park District police chief.
Christian Daigre, 41, was informed at his Wednesday afternoon court appearance that the charges filed against him last week were dismissed on the state’s motion.
“After a review of the evidence related to this case, we concluded that we are unable to meet our burden of proof to sustain the criminal charge and today the case was dropped,” state’s attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Wednesday in a statement.
The park district police chief, who has been suspended without pay since being charged last month with secretly filming his sexual encounters with two women and sharing intimate photos of them without their consent, was arrested again last week after a third woman accused him of doing the same to her.
Daigre appeared in court Nov. 20 on the new charges and was released from custody the same day after posting $25,000 bail, a Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman said.
He pleaded not guilty in the two original non-consensual dissemination cases and a related intimidation case at an arraignment Wednesday morning and appeared in court again in the afternoon on the third non-consensual dissemination case, only to be told that case had been dismissed.
Both Daigre and his attorney declined comment on the dismissal of the latest charges and on his pending cases.
He is due back in court on those matters Jan. 9.
Last month, two women, ages 24 and 43, alleged they met Daigre through online dating sites and had consensual sexual encounters with him in early 2016 that he secretly filmed with a camera near the ceiling of his South Loop studio apartment, according to prosecutors. Daigre then allegedly sent sexually explicit still images of the women via text message to another person without the women’s consent, prosecutors alleged.
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Daigre also allegedly sent threatening text messages to former Chicago Heights Park District Police Chief Jose Maldonado, who’d been the alleged recipient of his explicit texts after he learned Maldonado had reported them to authorities, records show.
Daigre was indicted earlier this month on two charges of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images and three counts of intimidation in connection with the allegations.
According to the indictment, Daigre threatened to physically harm Maldonado, to accuse him of an offense and to take action as a public official “against anyone or anything, or withhold official action,” if Maldonado testified against him.
Maldonado, who preceded Daigre as the Chicago Heights Park District police chief, was removed from that post following a 2016 DUI arrest.