A Rockford Police Officer has been charged with obstruction of justice in a criminal case.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the case.
Joseph Perez, 28, was arrested on January 3rd on charges of domestic battery after officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of South New Towne Drive.
The adult female whom Perez had battered refused to cooperate with his prosecution. Investigators revealed today that they discovered that, while in custody, Perez had been able to make contact with his victim with the assistance of his cousin, Christina Perez, 27, who is a Rockford Police Officer.
Christina Perez was charged with Unlawful Communication with a Witness, two counts of Obstruction of Justice, Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Communication with a Witness, Conspiracy to Commit Obstruction of Justice, and two counts of Official Misconduct.
Chief O’Shea maintained, “This does not reflect on the Rockford Police Department. This is one individual. Officers are human beings. They make mistakes and commit acts that do not reflect what happens here in the Rockford Police Department.”
Joseph Perez is still being held in the Winnebago County Jail.
Christiana Perez is being processed at the Winnebago County Jail today.
Watch the full press conference on our Facebook page.