Rockford officer Daniel Basile charged with criminal sexual assault, placed on leave

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Daniel Basile, a 19-year veteran with the Rockford Police Department, was charged in a sexual assault investigation and placed on administrative leave.

Courtesy: Winnebago County Sheriff's Office

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

The allegations stem from Friday, Oct. 11 around 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Regan Street. Police began investigating a complaint of sexual assault on Oct. 12.

Investigators identified Basile, a 51-year-old Roscoe resident, as a suspect. He was allegedly off-duty when he sexually assaulted a woman.

Officers obtained a warrant for Basile’s arrest Wednesday morning. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with criminal sexual assault.

Basile was hired in March 2000 and had worked as a Rockford patrol officer. Rockford police say his employment will be determined pending the outcome of the criminal case.

Mayor Tom McNamara released the following statement on the charges:

“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.”

Watch a news conference announcing the charges here: