Rockford police officer in court Wednesday on obstruction charges, cousin pleads guilty
Updated July 17, 2018, 5:49 p.m.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The cousin of a Rockford police officer charged with obstruction of justice pleads guilty to his own obstruction charges. 28-year-old Joseph Perez is sentenced to two years in prison for several obstruction of justice charges.
Investigators say Perez made contact with a domestic violence victim back in March which violated his probation.
Joseph's cousin, 27-year-old Rockford Officer Christina Perez, will be back in court Wednesday for her role in helping her cousin and the victim meet up. She faces charges of unlawful communication with a witness and two counts of obstruction of justice. Christina was placed on administrative leave.
Updated March 28, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford police officer has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice after police say she helped a domestic battery suspect get in contact with his victim.
28-year-old Joseph Perez was arrested in January for domestic battery and is currently in the Winnebago County Jail. He was recently charged with obstruction of justice after police say he contacted a victim with the help of his cousin.
"Joseph Perez had made unlawful contact with a victim with the assistance of his cousin, Christina Perez. Christina Perez is a Rockford Police Officer,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.
Police found out about Christina’s alleged assistance and announced she's now on administrative leave and in the Winnebago County Jail on a number of charges.
"Christina Perez is 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,” said Chief O’Shea.
The Rockford Police Union posted on Facebook saying, “We have faith in our administration and the judicial system to handle the case involving Officer Perez fairly, impartially and outside the court of public opinion. That being said we do not nor will we ever tolerate interference with the law... We take domestic violence, which accounts for 30 percent of our call volume very seriously.”
"This does not reflect on the Rockford Police Department. This is one individual and officers are human beings and make mistakes,” said Chief O’Shea.
Christina was with the department for nearly two years, her bond is set at $10,000 while Joseph's bond is $50,000. The Rockford Police Department says it will conduct an internal investigation once the criminal proceedings have wrapped up.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea announces a police officer had been placed on administrative leave.
According to investigators, 27-year-old Officer Christina Perez helped a domestic battery suspect make contact with his victim. Police say Perez's cousin, 28-year-old Joseph Perez was taken into custody and January 3, 2018 for domestic battery.
Police say a woman claimed Perez had beat her at a home in the 500 block of South New Towne Drive.
On March 25, 2018 Rockford Police learned the victim failed to cooperate with the prosecution of Joseph Perez. Investigators say the two had made contact, with the help of Officer Perez.
Joseph Perez, who was already in the Winnebago County Jail on a parole violation was charged with obstruction of justice.
Officer Perez is being booked into the Winnebago County Jail. She faces several charges including unlawful communication with a witness, two counts of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit unlawful communication with a witness.
Chief O'Shea says Officer Perez will remain on administrative leave during an internal investigation into her actions.