By Michael Romain
Thursday — Deon Sams, the former Maywood police officer accused of first accosting, then sexually assaulting, a woman while on duty at a hotel in Villa Park in 2012, is expected to appear in a DuPage County courthouse on January 21. Mr. Sams, a resident of Bolingbrook, was subsequently charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual assault and one felony count of official misconduct. According to Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Tally, Mr. Sams is scheduled to go on trial February 4, 2014.
A report in the Daily Herald details the incident, which happened one morning on March 24, 2012:
Prosecutors said in bond court Friday that Sams was on patrol in a Maywood police car in the early morning hours of March 24 when he saw the victim walking along the street in Maywood.
Sams asked the woman if she needed assistance. He then returned to the police station with the woman, dropped off his police car and left with the woman in his personal vehicle, officials said.
Prosecutors said Sams took the woman to a hotel in Villa Park, rented a room and escorted her to the room. Once inside, Sams forced the victim to have sex with him, prosecutors said.
On Friday, Judge Thomas Else set bond at $200,000. Sams needs to post 10 percent of that to get out of jail.
During the bond hearing, Sams was described as a decorated 17-year police veteran who has resigned from the Maywood police force.
“My office takes any allegation of a sexual assault very seriously,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “What makes this case particularly disturbing is the alleged offender is a police officer.”
Berlin said the allegations against Sams aren’t a reflection of the “fine men and women of the Maywood Police Department,” adding the department provided “complete cooperation in this matter.”