Rockford Police Officer charged with rape

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 51-year-old Daniel Basile, a 19-year veteran of the Rockford Police Department, has been charged with criminal sexual assault.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross held a news conference on Wednesday morning to announce the charges.

Photo: Rockford Police Department

Police say the assault, to an adult female victim, happened on Friday, October 11th, at 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Regan Street. Police say Basile was off-duty at the time.

Basile, who lives in Roscoe, was hired by the Rockford Police Department in March of 2000. He worked as a Patrol Officer.

Basile was arrested on Wednesday, October 23rd. O’Shea said Basile has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara released the following statement: “I’m angry and disappointed that one of our officers, Daniel Basile, has been charged with criminal sexual assault, as was announced today by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney. The seriousness of these allegations shows that no one is above the law, even members of law enforcement.”

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