What the F#$%?
- A veteran Chicago cop was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail
Friday on charges he had sex with a prisoner he’d promised to release
from the West Side lockup where the officer was stationed.
Officer Nelson Stewart, 59, stood silently in court dressed in a red and white jacket and black pants as prosecutors detailed charges of custodial sexual misconduct, official misconduct and bribery, all felonies. He did not speak except to say he understood he could not have contact with the victim or witnesses if he is released on bond.
Authorities said the incident occurred in early June in the lockup at the Harrison District police station, 3151 W. Harrison St., where the alleged victim was under arrest for prostitution.
Stewart, a 24-year-veteran of the department, was in charge of the station’s male lockup facility when he approached the victim’s cell and offered to release him in exchange for a sexual “favor,” Assistant State’s Atty. Lynn McCarthy said.
The officer then “relocated the victim to a different cell furthest away from the lockup keeper’s desk,” where the two performed sex acts on each other, McCarthy said. The victim later reported the incident to the district watch commander, who contacted the department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs.
Anyone even vaguely familiar with what travels through an Area lockup has got to be appalled at this, simply from a disease point of view. This behavior, if proven, is another issue and needs to be dealt with as harshly as the law allows.