Thursday, August 1, 2013

Former cop sues woman over alleged false rape accusation

A former Chicago Police sergeant whose rape conviction was overturned in 2011 has filed a lawsuit against the woman who accused him.

John Herman filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court Friday, claiming that the woman falsely accused him to get money from the city.

The woman had sued the city in federal court and received a $1.5 million dollar legal settlement, the Sun-Times reported at the time of the 2011 Illinois Appellate Court decision that overturned Herman’s conviction.

According to the suit, Herman had consensual sex with the woman in her apartment on March 9, 2004.

She later accused Herman of kidnapping her, driving to her apartment and forcing her to have sex with him at gunpoint, the Sun-Times reported.

Herman is claiming that the woman’s accusations and the resulting prosecution caused him to lose his job, damaged his reputation and caused him to serve four years in prison.

Herman was convicted of rape and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but the Illinois Appellate Court overturned the conviction on October 2, 2011, according to the suit.

The three-count suit charges the woman with malicious prosecution, abuse of process and defamation and asks for more than $100,000 in damages.