Nearly three years after they were charged with sexually assaulting a woman while on duty, two former Chicago Police officers have pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of official misconduct and each been sentenced to two years of probation.
Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez, each 41, were charged with criminal sexual assault and official misconduct after a 22-year-old woman said they assaulted her in March 2011.
Clavijo resigned that year and Vasquez the following year, according to a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Court records show both men pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to official misconduct involving battery, which is a felony. They did not admit to any sexual offense and got no jail time.
The officers were in uniform when they offered the woman a ride home in Wrigleyville, prosecutors said at the time. They said the woman had been drinking and tried to get in the back seat of the marked squad car but that Clavijo put her on his lap in the front seat and sexually assaulted her while Vasquez went into a liquor store.
The woman “believed she could not say no to Clavijo’s sexual advances and had to do whatever the police officer asked,” according to prosecutors, who said in charging the officers that the woman drank and played strip poker with them at her home in Rogers Park and that they then sexually assaulted her.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office did not respond Saturday to a request for comment.