A former Evanston police officer has filed suit claiming a sergeant on the force sexually harassed her.

The Sun-Times reports the plaintiff, Claudia Young, says in the Cook County Circuit Court suit that she had at one time had a consensual relationship with the male officer.

But several years later, she says, the officer started sending her inappropriate messages trying to resume their relationship and that the harassment continued after he was promoted to sergeant in 2008.

Young says the harassment caused illnesses that led her to quit the force late in 2009.

According to the suit, the male officer was demoted from sergeant to police officer last year as the result of an internal department investigation.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sexually Harassed? Please!

    This is hilarious.  Under the care of a psychiatrist?  PTSD?  Grow up!  I continue to be amazed at the people who generate sexual harassment charges.  This was a good idea gone bad.  Now, the City is going to have to pay her because she and a co-worker had sex?  JOKE.  I hope the City fights this til the end. 

    1. Grow Up?

      Are you implying that you know all the details of what this woman went through and that you're qualified to state that she couldn't possibly be traumatized by being harassed, stalked and humiliated by her supervisor?

      This woman is not suing because she and a co-worker had sex. This woman is suing because 7 years after she stopped having sex with the man (who had become her boss), he started harassing her. Read the article: the harassment took place in front of her co-workers, was reported to Internal Affairs, and went on for over a year.

      This kind of treatment can be debilitating and scary; in this case, it's from a cop and a supervisor with whom she had to work closely. She's not suing for a lot – just wages and benefits and attorney fees. It's not a joke – her co-workers and others within the department knew about it, witnessed it, and didn't follow through to make it stop.

      I hope she wins the suit, and I hope the Evanston police put policies in place to make sure that this never happens again.

      1. Well said Morgan!

        Well said Morgan. It amazes me how many people support a climate of harassment–particularly in law enforcement. The irony can make your thoughts spin.

  2. IF and only IF

    There are a ton of questions and eventually the entire truth will come out. IF he did this – he certainly should have stopped with the invites/advances and when she refused,  he should have moved on. He lost respect for her either way and she did for her own self. Along with his harassment and embarrassing comments, she probably couldn't deal with being in the same environment as he was. He humiliated her and tried to get her attention anyway he could even if it meant hurting her mentally.

    IF IF IF IF IF

    The main thing that we as citizens should be concerned with is, IF he is guilty of not composing himself and sexual harassment, then what does that tell you about his character as a sworn officer of the law.

    IF IF IF IF IF

    Should he still be employed at all – working for  OUR "spotless" EPD? Does it matter that the alleged victim was in fact one of their own? What if she was a "citizen"?

    Either way his should have been taken seriously. I can speak of a incident where a friend of mine was being harassed by someone (sounds oddly similar) she decided to have a relationship with and when she was ready to end it – he got possessive. Sorry to say this, but this really sounds like the same "no named" officer.

  3. Internal Affairs

    After reading the more in depth Sun-Times article, it sure sounds like there are many at EPD that dropped the ball in this situation. Allegedly, the female told the Commander of the Internal Affairs Division (no pun intended) and he merely “talked” to the male Officer. C’mon folks-sexual harassment in the work place is a zero tolerance situation! You must act on it or be prepared for the fallout and consequences. This is true even within the male dominated occupations such as Police and Fire Departments. It certainly sounds like the Commander was trying hard to protect a fellow supervisor. Did the Chief know of this simple verbal admonishment? I sure hope not, or he is just as guilty of failing to supervise. They all need to answer to this.  Sending juvenile text messages is one thing and still unacceptable; however, following her home, calling from an adjacent yard then waving at her, and showing up at her church, in my mind, is plain and simple STALKING.  Demotion is too good for this guy. 

    1. more on psychological manipulation

      here is some great info to on the subject. why it is done and how it is done:

       

      particularly staring, stalking, crowding and other forms of psych manipulation that are MEANT to harm. the sad thing about these harassers is that they are so cliched. their is NO mystery behind what they do. it is published and documented. and meant to make the target look "crazy". Harasser's are about power and control. But they are controlling their own rage et al by projecting their disowned feelings on to someone else. the GET OFF on any and all reactions from the target. sad source of power and control.

       

      http://www.psychologicalharassment.com/psychological_manipulation.htm

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