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Police Reports

Elburn internal probe on escaped teen finds officer at fault

Officer's discipline includes loss of day's pay

H. Rick Bamman -
Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.
H. Rick Bamman - Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.

ELBURN – An Elburn police officer who allowed a 17-year-old teen boy to escape police custody on Dec. 20 was disciplined for not following department policy, Police Chief Nicholas Sikora announced in a news release Feb. 20.

Sikora said the internal investigation was completed, but he was not releasing the report. Instead, he said he would send a news release.

The teen had been kept in an unsecured room and escaped through a window. He was taken back into custody later that night, the release stated.

The circumstances leading up to the escape were the subject of an internal review and investigation, the release stated.

That investigation has been completed and the officer responsible was found to have violated departmental policy which led to the escape, the release stated.

It was determined that if the established departmental policy had been followed the escape would likely not have been possible.

Documents received by the Kane County Chronicle identified that the officer involved was Jonathan Shepard.

The discipline for this violation included the extension of Shepard's probationary employment period, additional training on both the respective departmental policy as well as Illinois juvenile law and a one-day unpaid suspension.

Sikora said the room where the teen escaped through a window has had the brackets removed so it does not open as easily as it did.

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