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COOK COUNTY JAIL OFFICER ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

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Thursday, February 12, 2015An internal investigation into sexual misconduct at Cook County Jail has resulted in felony charges against a correctional officer, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Lotisha MyersLotisha Myers, 47, was taken into custody Wednesday evening at the jail. On Feb. 4, Cook County Sheriff’s internal investigators became aware of a potentially inappropriate relationship between an officer and an inmate in Division II, which houses minimum and medium security male detainees. A week-long investigation confirmed that Myers had in fact engaged in sexual misconduct.

Myers, who had worked with the Sheriff’s Office since 2003, resigned shortly after the arrest.

The arrest marks the latest progression in Sheriff Dart’s campaign to root out corruption and misconduct within Cook County Jail, which houses nearly 9,000 inmates and employs approximately 3,500 people. The investigation was conducted jointly between a unit that investigates crimes within the jail and the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review (OPR), which investigates and recommends discipline for employee misconduct.

Myers appeared in bond court today at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building, where she received an I-bond. She is officially charged with custodial sexual misconduct, which is a class three felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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