Chicago cop fondled handcuffed woman in Near North police station holding cell, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer assigned to the Near North Side has been stripped of his police powers and slapped with three felony charges after investigators determined he fondled and spoke suggestively to a female arrestee who was handcuffed to the police station wall.

Stephan Shaw, 32, is charged with official misconduct and two counts of custodial sexual misconduct, all felonies. He joined CPD in June 2022.

In a written proffer provided by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Weber said Shaw was one of the cops who arrested the 22-year-old victim for shoplifting in the downtown area on the evening of May 22, 2023.

The officers took her to the Near North (18th) District police station, 1160 North Larrabee, and handcuffed her left arm to a metal bar in a holding cell, Weber said.

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As she sat alone on a metal stool, Shaw approached the cell doorway “multiple times,” asked a series of sexually suggestive questions, and made sexually suggestive comments about the woman’s buttocks, according to Weber.

At one point, Shaw allegedly asked the woman if she would let him “hit it.”

He also asked if he could touch her buttocks and then touched and squeezed her buttocks, said Weber.

Shaw asked about going out for pizza with the woman and continued to make sexual comments as he placed his hand inside her shorts, touching her bare buttocks and rubbing her private area, Weber alleged. He proceeded to put the woman’s handcuffed hand on his private area “several times,” according to Weber.

Before the woman was released from the station, Shaw looked up her Facebook profile on his phone. She later asked him via Facebook for the police station address and her court date because she could not find her paperwork, Weber stated. Shaw responded on Facebook, asking if they were still going to get pizza and she replied with a heart emoji.

The victim told her mother about Shaw’s behavior the night it happened and reported it to CPD the next day, Weber said. The department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability launched an investigation.

Video cameras in the processing area showed Shaw standing in the holding cell doorway for “extended periods of time” and entering the cell where he stayed out of camera range, Weber alleged.

Judge William Fahy released Shaw from custody on Tuesday with orders to avoid all contact with the victim.

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