A former longtime Chicago police officer accused of having sex with a transgender man while he was locked up at a West Side police station pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony bribery charge and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation.
Nelson Stewart, now 60, was in charge of the male lockup at the Harrison District police station at 3151 W. Harrison St. at the time of the incident in June 2012. The victim, then 29, had been arrested for prostitution.
Stewart, a 24-year veteran of the department, resigned in October 2012, a month after he was charged, according to a Chicago police spokesman.
Judge Carol Howard imposed the probation sentence at Leighton Criminal Court Building.
Cook County prosecutors said Stewart approached the man’s cell and asked for a sexual favor in exchange for letting him go. He then moved the man to another cell, further away from the lockup keeper’s desk, where the two had sex, they said.
The accuser was not released after the incident and later reported it to the district watch commander, who contacted the department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs.
DNA taken from the cell matched both Stewart and the accuser, authorities said at the time. According to a lawsuit later filed by the victim, the transgender man was able “to conceal evidence” during the assault. The case was settled in February, records show.
The 29-year-old man was charged with felony prostitution the day after the incident with Stewart. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2 years of probation, court records show.