Chicago cop arrested for sexually assaulting male suspect

Chicago Police Officer Carlyle Calhoun accused of raping suspect in a hospital (Image Source: Chicago Police)

Prosecutors in Chicago indicted and arrested a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. The incident that led to the arrest of Carlyle Calhoun, 46, took place last month at a hospital.

An unidentified Chicago man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge and expressed suicidal thoughts. He was transported to St. Bernard Hospital where Calhoun and another officer were supposed to guard him while he was under observation by the hospital staff. When the other officer took a break and left the room it is alleged that Calhoun started to massage the suspect’s foot, who was shackled to the bed.  The victim told police that Calhoun grabbed his genitals and took pictures with his cellphone. When the other officer came back Calhoun took the suspect to a bathroom down the hall and sexually assaulted him. The victim stated he protested repeatedly but Calhoun continued and took more pictures.

After Calhoun left, the victim told hospital staff what happened. Evidence was collected with a rape kit and the Chicago police were notified. An investigation was launched and incriminating pictures were found on Calhoun’s phone. In addition, swabs from the rape kit recovered Calhoun’s DNA. Initially while under investigation, Calhoun was placed on paid desk duty. He is now in a Chicago jail being held on a $200K bail on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.

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