A University of Illinois police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women.
Multiple Women Accuse University of Illinois Police Officer Jerry Sandage of Sexual Assault
Attorney Commentary: Read the second section of this article for commentary from university sexual abuse lawyer Brian Kent on the legal rights of student sex abuse victims.
Former University of Illinois police officer Jerry Sandage is facing criminal sexual assault charges after several women have come forward with allegations against him.
Sandage resigned from the department in February after being charged with seven counts of official misconduct in December 2019. Those charges were brought based on allegations that he used police resources to gather information on women between February 2017 and January 2018.
The latest charges against the 48-year-old former cop include four counts of criminal sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual abuse, and two counts of intimidation. February court statements from a Champaign County prosecutor state that multiple women have told police that Sandage may have sexually assaulted them.
Sandage was placed on administrative leave in September 2018 when sexual assault allegations against him first came to light, but he eventually returned to work. He was placed on administrative leave a second time in October 2019.
The new charges were filed following an investigation by the University of Illinois and Champaign police departments, along with the Champaign County State’s Attorney, Sheriff’s Department, and state police.