A new bill in the Illinois Senate seeks to close a loophole which allows police officers to have sexual intercourse with detainees.
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) said Illinois is one of 34 states which allows officers to "evade sexual assault or rape charges by claiming that sexual activity with someone detained or in custody is consensual."
“The general public should have complete faith that law enforcement officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in our society,” Hutchinson said. “No one person should be immune to consequences for their actions, and our laws should reflect that reality.”
House Bill 5597 would expand the definition of custodial sexual misconduct to include law enforcement officers who engage in sexual activity with a person in police custody.
Hutchinson said the issue first got nationwide attention after a woman was allegedly raped by two New York Police Department officers after being detained and held in custody. The officers said they had consent from the woman.
The bill passed the House and is now heading to the full Senate.