Woman Sues in Alleged Sexual Assault by Cops

Officers Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez charged with criminal sexual assault, official misconduct

Wednesday, May 25, 2011  |  Updated 10:26 PM CDT
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Paul Clavijo (L) and Juan Vasquez, are charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault in March.

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A woman allegedly sexually assaulted by two Chicago police officers who drove her home in a police vehicle in March filed a federal lawsuit against the officers Wednesday.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed the suit in U.S. District Court against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police officers Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez.

"Chicago police officers accused of sexual misconduct against citizens can be confident that the city will not investigate those accusations in earnest," said the lawsuit.

Clavijo and Vasquez are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a marked police SUV and in her north side apartment in late March.

In the March 30 incident, the 22-year-old woman said the officers offered to give her a ride home but told her that she couldn't in the back seat of the marked police SUV and instead would have to sit on Clavijo’s lap.

They then drove to a store where Vasquez parked the vehicle and went inside to purchase alcohol. While he was in the store, Clavijo sexually assaulted the woman in the SUV, prosecutors allege.

The officers then drove to her apartment in Rogers Park, where they drank alcohol with her, played strip poker with her, removed their clothing and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.

Clavijo and Vasquez were charged earlier this month with criminal sexual assault and official misconduct. Clavijo also faces the same charges in connection to a March 11 assault, the suit said.

The 10-count suit claims assault and battery, failure to intervene and conspiracy. The suit seeks a jury trial, damages and attorney’s fees.

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