Arlington Heights Cop Sued Over Girl's Rape

Officer Mark Del Boccio is being sued for letting three underage males carry away an unconscious female, who was later raped

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    A suburban police officer's negligence led to the rape of intoxicated girl, according to a lawsuit.

    The suit filed Tuesday against the village of Arlington Heights and an Arlington Heights Police officer alleges the officer allowed three underage, intoxicated boys to carry off a heavily intoxicated girl without questions. The girl was later raped. 

    On May 6, 2009, Officer Mark Del Boccio, 37, was called to deal with the four underage drinkers but did not ask for their IDs, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Del Boccio spoke with 20-year-old Christoph Balodimas and two other boys as they held up the unconscious girl -- identified as "Jane Doe" -- because she was too intoxicated to stand. 

    Balodimas was on probation for armed robbery at the time.

    Del Boccio did not offer the girl a ride or medical attention, Jane Doe's attorney says. Instead he let them go, then told the security guard who dialed 911 that the boys would take her home. 

    Minutes later, Mount Prospect police found the two teenage boys with Balodimas raping the unconscious girl in the laundry room of an apartment complex at the 900 block of East Gold Road, the lawsuit alleges.

    This isn't the first case filed against Del Boccio, the Sun-Times reports. The officer left the Chicago Police Department after hitting two children in his squad car in 2004, killing one and causing permanent injury to the other. 

    The family of Gregory Jones, 8, who died in the incident, is suing Del Boccio. They allege he lied to superiors and told them he was in hot pursuit of a gunman when he hit the children.

    Doe also is suing Arlington Heights for misconduct in hiring Del Boccio and not performing a background check on the officer.       

    Balodimas was convicted of sexual assault in July 2010 and is currently serving a six-year sentence. The two teenage boys were not charged, Jane Doe's attorney Steven Gartski said.

    No court date for has been set for Jane Doe's suit against Del Boccio and the Village of Arlington Heights.