The victim received some cash, lots of cash, and did not show up to court. I think it smells like a bribe and settlement. We need to force this lady to pay for all the grief she cost the taxpayers. Cook County’s justice system is not a matter of integrity, but a matter of “How much”. How Devine! Frank Coconate lost another round on this , money buys “Justice” in Chicago.
]]>Sex-abuse case against Chicago cop is dropped
By Carlos Sadovi
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 23, 2007
Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped sexual-abuse charges against a Chicago Police sergeant after the alleged victim in the case failed to testify.
The trial for Gerald Breimon, 38, accused of fondling a 25-year-old woman after a 2003 traffic stop, was set to begin when prosecutors announced they were dropping charges of sexual abuse and official misconduct.
Cook County Criminal Court Judge Dennis Porter granted a request by Breimon’s lawyer, Michael Gillespie, to return to the officer the four guns he was required to turn over as the condition of his bail. The $50,000 bail was also returned.
Had Breimon, a 13-year veteran and the son of a former assistant deputy police superintendent, been convicted of the charges he could have faced up to 15 years in prison, Gillespie said.
“I’m glad it’s over, ” said Breimon, who was stripped of his police powers but remained with the department.
“We’ve been telling the court that we’ve been ready for trial for the last six months. He’s denied that he ever did anything wrong. We’re just happy that he can go on with his life,” Gillespie said.Gillespie said they will look into having the Police Department return him to active status.
Police have said that Breimon approached the woman on Sept. 23, 2002, in the 3600 block of North Marshfield Avenue as she walked to her car, which was illegally parked in an alley.
He allegedly told her not to drive her car because she had been drinking, but she came back to her car later and drove away. He followed and pulled her over in the 1800 block of West Addison Street. Breimon allegedly ordered her out of the car and groped her under the pretense of a search, police said. He then ordered her to follow him to a nearby parking lot, where he groped her again before letting her go, according to police.
He allegedly photographed the woman at that point, according to a police report, which indicated that the department’s Internal Affairs Department investigated the case before charges were filed.
Assistant Cook County State’s Atty. David Navarro said the charges were dropped because the woman, who has since moved out of state, refused to cooperate with prosecutors. According to court documents, prosecutors interviewed the woman but did not put her before a grand jury in the case.
“We don’t have a victim,” Navarro said.
The woman filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city and Breimon that was eventually settled, according to court documents. Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman with the city’s Law Department, said the city reached a $10,000 settlement with the woman. The woman also settled separately with Breimon, but that amount was not disclosed, Hoyle said.
According to court papers filed May 14, Breimon’s lawyers said that in a signed affidavit the woman claimed the charges were brought because of “a misunderstanding of police procedures and how she came to understand Breimon’s actions were not of a sexual nature … in short, she recanted her original statements and accusations against Breimon.”
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