A Chicago police officer is accused of sucking the toes of a suicidal suspect who was restrained to a hospital bed.
Carlyle Calhoun, 46, who has been part of the Gresham police department for a decade, was ordered held on $200,000 bail on Tuesday, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
The charges stem from an incident in early February. A man was arrested, but after he mentioned he was contemplating suicide he was brought to St. Bernard Hospital. Calhoun and another officer were ordered to watch him. Prosecutors claim he did much more than that.
When the other officer left, Calhoun allegedly massaged the man’s foot, Assistant State’s Attorney Ahmed Kosoko said in court. He claims that Calhoun also sucked the man’s toes and grabbed his penis, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Calhoun is additionally accused of taking a cellphone photo of the victim’s genitals. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors said such photos were confiscated from Calhoun’s cellphone. Calhoun is also accused of forcing a sex act on the victim in a bathroom inside the hospital room.
He has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct. His lawyer Tammy Wendt stated in court that his client has no criminal background. He pointed to one of Calhoun’s achievements while on the force: when he successfully negotiated a hostage situation, according to The Chicago Tribune.
After these allegations surfaced last month, Calhoun was placed on paid desk duty early. Now that he is being charged, he will likely be suspended without pay, according to The Chicago Tribune.
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