ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) ─ Former Rock House Officer Eric Thurmond has pleaded Not Guilty to charges of Criminal Sexual Assault.
Known to many for dancing with kids at block parties and attending community events, Thurmond entered the plea in court on Tuesday morning.
Thurmond, a Rockford Police Officer known to many for dancing with kids at block parties and attending community events, was charged with Criminal Sexual Assault.
He was taken into custody in Arizona, where he had been traveling for personal reasons, according to police.
The sexual assault charges come after an alleged incident May 23rd.
“An adult female notified deputies that she was the victim of a sexual assault that occurred near Hill Street and North Second street,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “The suspect in the case was identified as 26-year old Rockford Police Patrol Officer Eric Thurmond.”
According to the criminal complaint, Thurmond forced himself upon the victim without her consent.
The three year veteran of the force was off duty at the time.
Officer Thurmond, 26, was placed on administrative leave on May 24th.
Thurmond became well known for appearing at block parties, neighborhood events, and job fairs, and interacting with neighborhood children. He gained national attention when the city’s ROCK House program was covered by the Wall Street Journal, and was featured on Freethink’s “Cops Living in Dangerous Areas” profile.
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