On New Year’s Eve, Chicago police officers noticed a vehicle that was partially blocking an alley and double parked, according to a news article at the Chicago Tribune. As they approached the vehicle, Cook County sheriff’s Deputy Fernando B. Rodriguez attempted to send the officers away, telling them that it was “OK,” he was on the job. Rodriguez was not on duty at the time, however a woman jumped out of the passenger side of the car and told police what happened.
According to the woman, who was a known prostitute to police, Rodriguez asked her to get into the car. He then displayed a holstered handgun, told her he was a police officer, and according to Beth Novy, Assistant State’s Attorney, told the woman that he would let her go “if she handled this the right way.” Rodriguez was arrested after it was determined that he was not on duty and was not acting in an official capacity. In addition, Novy alleged that police had seen Rodriguez driving around in the area, which is known for prostitution, in November.
Rodriguez, who began working for Cook County in July of 1991, is charged with felony attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.
In the state of Michigan, sexual assault includes attempted rape or unwanted conduct including groping, touching, or other activity that does not include sexual intercourse. Charged as criminal sexual conduct, those who are found guilty may face a substantial number of years behind bars, and be required to register as a sex offender.
Sex crimes are extremely serious, even when a prostitute is involved. It is unlawful to use a weapon such as a handgun, knife, or other object to inflict fear in another person in order to force him or her to engage in sexual activity.
If you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, or any sex offense, it is vital that you take action to protect your freedom and reputation. Consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney who will work closely with you to determine the best legal options and how to proceed so that the desired outcome can be reached.