Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
November 6th, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford Police Officer for a sexual assault that occurred in May.
On May 23rd, 2019, Rockford Police Officers met with Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies in an area near Hill Street and North Third Street. An adult female reported that she had been sexually assaulted in that area. The suspect was identified as Rockford Police Patrol Officer Eric Thurmond. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into the incident. Officer Thurmond was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation and remains so at this time. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and authorized charges against Officer Thurmond. He was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint charges.
Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Unlawful Restraint is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of probation or 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Thurmond is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 9:00am on November 19th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A at the Winnebago County Justice Center.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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