Cook County sheriff’s officer charged for sexually assaulting prostitute

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A Cook County sheriff’s officer is charged on multiple counts for the sexual assault of a prostitute.

Chicago police say Fernando Rodriguez, 52,  of River Grove, is charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault; aggravated unlawful restraint; and official misconduct — which are all felony counts.

Rodriguez was arrested after he tried to get a 37-year-old woman in his car about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of North Avers.

Authorities say when she tried to leave, he tried to assaulted her while holding a handgun.

The police report states that Rodriguez told the woman, “Take care of me the right way and I’ll let you walk.” When Chicago Police officers arrived, Rodriguez “grabbed her left arm and stated: ‘Be cool.’”

Rodriquez was not on duty, but when Chicago Police officers  questioned him after spotting an orange Dodge Charger double parked at that location, he responded saying: “It’s okay guys, I’m on the job,” and showed them his Cook County sheriff’s office badge.

According to the police report, the woman who is a “known prostitute,” then exited the Charger’s passenger seat. That’s when she told the officers that Rodriguez invited her to get into his car, showed her his holstered handgun and implied a sexual act.

According to county records he began working for the county on July 1, 1991. He worked in the civil process unit, where he was responsible for serving court papers.

The department has taken away his police powers and the department has initiated disciplinary action.

Rodriguez was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail Thursday in Cook County court. He also received citations for double parking and blocking an alley.

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