Chicago Officer Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Women While on Duty
A 13 year veteran Chicago police officer has been arrested on charges he had inappropriate physical contact with three women on separate occasions while on-duty on the North Side of Chicago.
Officer Corey Deanes, 47, is charged with one count of felony aggravated battery in a public place, three counts of felony official misconduct and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
Deanes was arrested on May 7 after he was identified by all three victims.
Deanes is alleged to of made the inappropriate physical contact with the women between Aug. 28, 2017 and July 13, 2018. Surveillance camera video from a nearby business also corroborated the account of one alleged victim the Chicago Sun Times reports.
In August 2017, a woman said Deanes, who was in a squad car and in uniform, pulled her over for an "illegal turn." While attempting to get documents from her glove box, the woman said Deanes made comments about her physique. He then instructed her to drive her car to a more secluded area and asked her to get out of the car.
Deanes then allegedly asked questions about the woman's relationship and asked for her phone number. She said she refused and said Deanes threatened to write her a ticket. After she wrote down her name and number, she said Deanes motioned that he wanted the woman to give him a hug. She resisted but Deanes hugged the woman and "slid his hands down her back, touching her buttocks over her clothing," court documents stated.
The woman called 911 and filed a report.
In July of 2018, a 29-year-old woman called 911 requesting police help with a homeless person on her doorstep. Court documents said Deanes responded to the address but the person was already gone. Deanes, who was in uniform and in a marked squad car, spoke to the woman outside her building. He told her he would check on her in the future. He touched her wrists and commented on her outfit and physique. The woman said she found the comments "flirtatious, sexualized and inappropriate," according to court documents.
Deanes asked the woman why she had been out so late and the woman replied she was working for rent money. The woman said Deanes then searched her person "for the money" and slid his fingers in the pockets of her shorts.
The woman attempted to end the encounter and entered the apartment building. She filed an online report.
In July of 2018, a 22-year-old woman was walking home alone on Chicago's North Side when she saw a police car patrolling the area. The woman proceeded to her residence at which time she said the police car arrived. The woman said Deanes was driving and lowered the window and called her "pretty little thing."
The woman said Deanes got out of the squad car and approached her then grabbed and hugged her. Court documents said Deanes asked the woman to go on a date and for her phone number. The woman said she gave Deanes her number and made reference to his job as a police officer. She said Deanes asked her if she was scared. The woman said she left and went inside. She said she immediately received a call from an unknown number.
She said she felt unsafe and the behavior was inappropriate so she called police to report Deanes.
In a statement, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the allegations:
"Egregious and if proven, they are an insult to everyone of us that dedicates our lives to public service. There is no place in this department for illegal activity and I won't stand for it. This investigation was conducted with the full cooperation from victims by CPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs and is a testament to our ability to police ourselves."
Deanes was relieved of his police powers on July 24, 2018 and sent to work at a city call center on paid desk duty. Upon a several month investigation Deanes was arrested on May 7. Deanes remains in custody, and bond was set at $200,000.