A veteran Chicago police sergeant was charged with fondling the 9-year-old daughter of a police officer at a barbecue over the weekend, a spokesperson for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said.
Dennis Barnes, 61, a patrol sergeant in the South Side’s Wentworth police district, was charged Wednesday night with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of attempted predatory sexual assault, spokesperson Sally Daly said.
Barnes was at the officer’s home for a barbecue Saturday night in the South Chicago neighborhood when he allegedly fondled the girl, according to law enforcement sources. The girl told relatives and Barnes was confronted while still at the home, the sources said.
Barnes, who was arrested Tuesday, could appear in bond court Thursday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.