(NY POST) – A cop in Chicago last month sexually assaulted a suspect in custody at a hospital, grabbing the man’s genitals before attacking him in a bathroom, prosecutors allege.
Carlyle Calhoun, 46, appeared in court Tuesday and Cook County prosecutors said police obtained incriminating photos from the 10-year department veteran’s cellphone, as well as DNA evidence linking him to the crime, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The male victim, whose age is unclear, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge Feb. 3 and began expressing suicidal thoughts, so he was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where Calhoun and another cop were assigned to guard him while medical officials observed him, prosecutors said.
After Calhoun’s partner left the room to get food, said Assistant State’s Attorney Ahmed Kosoko, Calhoun began to massage the man’s bare foot as his left hand and foot were restrained to the bed. Calhoun then grabbed the suspect’s genitals and snapped a cellphone photo of them, Kosoko said.
When Calhoun’s partner returned, the officer took the suspect to a bathroom in another room down the hall. Once inside, Calhoun sexually assaulted the man despite his pleas to stop and took another photo of his genitals, Kosoko said.
The male suspect informed hospital staffers of the alleged assault minutes after Calhoun left and swabs taken from the victim matched the officer’s DNA. Photos of the man that backed up the allegations were also found on Calhoun’s phone, according to the prosecutor.
An attorney for Calhoun said in court Tuesday that the officer has no criminal record and helps care for his elderly mother. While on the job in November, the respected officer also helped talk down a knife-wielding suspect and arranged the safe return of the man’s daughter, attorney Tammy Wendt said.
A judge ordered that Calhoun surrender any firearms if he posts bail, which was set at $200,000 on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.
A police spokesman told the newspaper that Calhoun — most recently assigned to the city’s Gresham district — was stripped of his police powers and put on paid desk duty last month after the accusations surfaced. The department is now moving to suspend Calhoun without pay following the criminal charges, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the newspaper.
After the alleged assault, Calhoun told the man once back in the hospital room that he would contact him on Facebook sometime in the next six days, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
If convicted, Calhoun faces between 15 and 45 years in prison, WLS reports.
Calhoun remained jailed in Cook County as of early Wednesday. His next date in court is April 10, according to jail records.