Former Chicago cop charged with sexually abusing woman while on-duty

CHICAGO -- A former Chicago police officer has been charged with sexually abusing a woman while on duty in 2016.

Michael Clifton, 59, faces one felony count of criminal sexual abuse and one felony count of official misconduct.

Michael Clifton

Police said Clifton sexually abused a 35-year-old woman on Sept. 20, 2016 inside the 005th District Police Station, 727 East 111th Street. He retired from the department in January 2017.

A woman in her 30s went to the 5th District Police station on the Far South Side to report that she had been attacked at the Taste Nightclub at the corner of 63rd Street and Lowe Avenue on the night of Sept. 20, 2016.

Clifton allegedly brought the victim into his office at the Far South Side police station.

“Defendant closed the office door and told the victim she ‘turned him on.’ Defendant then grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her out of a chair, and pinned her against the wall with his body,” Ken Goff, the assistant state’s attorney, said.

The assistant state’s attorney said Clifton then began to grope the victim’s pelvic area, over clothing, and began to reach inside her pants while making sexual comments about her vagina.

Prosecutors allege that Clifton kissed the victim’s neck and only stopped when another officer knocked on the office door.

The victim then went to a different police station, District 7 in Englewood, to report the abuse.

DNA swabs were taken and analyzed and it was determined that Clifton’s DNA was likely on the victim.

He was arrested Wednesday in Lansing following an extensive police investigation.

Officials said 27 complaints had been filed against Clifton since he joined the force.

Bond was set at $100,000. The judge emphasized that Clifton allegedly accused his position of trust and authority while on duty and armed.

Clifton coached baseball for Jackie Robinson West for a number of years.