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SHERIFF DART COMMENT ON
OFFICER CONVICTION

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Thursday, May 27, 2010— In February 2006, six inmates escaped from the Cook County Jail. An internal investigation found evidence that those who escaped had help from the inside. That investigation found officers assisted in the escape in an attempt to embarass then-Sheriff Michael Sheahan and his Chief of Staff, Tom Dart, just before the Democratic primary election where Dart was a candidate. The investigation found officers involved supported canddiate Richard Remus, who in 2003 resigned from his position running the jail's now-disbanded SORT unit, after he was accused of abusing inmates.

Six correctional officers were suspended as a result of that investigation, while a seventh, Darin Gater, was arrested and criminally charged. The 11-year correctional officer resigned just days later.

Below is a statement from Sheriff Dart about Gater's conviction today on six counts of official misconduct.

"I’m thankful to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the jury members who worked so hard to reach this verdict. Darin Gater's conduct was reprehensible and what he did was inexcusable. The public entrusts all of us in law enforcement to always do the right thing. Violating that trust in any way is unacceptable and I want to thank the jury for their work in convicting him."

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