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Sheriff Dart to Seek Termination of Markham Courthouse Employees, Agrees to Pre-Litigation Settlement of Sexual Assault Case

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that he intends to seek the termination of nine staff members determined to have allowed the sexual assault of a female detainee by two male detainees at the Markham Courthouse.

On May 2, 2017, a 52-year-old female detainee reported that she was sexually assaulted by two male detainees in a holding cell at the courthouse.

Sheriff Dart immediately launched a comprehensive internal investigation into how the male detainees had access to the female detainee and continues to cooperate fully with the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The two male detainees, Hamidullah Tribble, 21, and Nelon Drake, 29, have been charged with criminal sexual assault in connection with this case.

This week, the Sheriff’s Office reached, in principle, a pre-litigation settlement of all claims with the victim for $3.25 million dollars.

The Sheriff’s Office also implemented a series of reforms to ensure the protection of all detainees, including mandating deputies assigned to any area of a courthouse without fixed cameras wear body-worn cameras, assigning additional trained supervisors to the Markham Courthouse and comprehensive unannounced security audits of all court facilities.



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