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2 Chicago Officers Suspended in Sex Case

United Press International

May 12, 2011

Two Chicago police officers were charged with sexually assaulting a woman they allegedly played strip poker with in a Rogers Park apartment, officials said.

Suspended and charged in the case are Juan Vasquez and Paul Clavijo, both 38. The officers were stripped of their police powers after the allegations came to light.

“The alleged criminal actions of these officers infuriate the thousands of honorable, proud officers that make up the Chicago Police Department who have taken an oath to protect the citizens of Chicago,” police officials said in a Chicago Tribune report Wednesday.

Interim Police Suptertendent Terry Hillard called the allegations “heinous criminal activity.”

The alleged assault occurred March 30.

The uniformed officers, driving a marked police SUV, picked up the 22-year-old woman as she walked near Wrigley Field, investigators said.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the woman allegedly had sex with one of the officers in the passenger seat of the police vehicle while being driven to her apartment. At the apartment, the three allegedly played strip poker and the woman again had sex with one of the officers.

The woman later told police she began to feel intimidated by the officers and ran screaming from her apartment. Neighbors heard the commotion and called police.

A witness said he heard a commotion and when he looked outside his apartment door he saw a naked man running down the hall and another man wearing a police uniform.

Investigators said they found one of the officers’ cellphones in the woman’s apartment.

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