A former Chicago police officer has been indicted on a federal civil rights charge for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing an individual in March 2019, federal officials said.
James Sajdak, of Chicago, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox. during an arraignment Wednesday.
The abuse allegedly happened on March 5, 2019.
The indictment doesn't offer many details, but according to local television station WBBM-TV, the 64-year-old former sergeant and the city of Chicago also faced a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Tyshee Featherstone, a transgender woman, related to the same incident.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in March 2019, Featherstone accuses Sajdak of sexually assaulting her.
She alleges that Sajdak approached her on March 5, 2019, and forced her to have sex with him - while he was driving a police car and wearing his uniform.
"The Sergeant told her told her that she had no choice except to perform a sex act on him, 'because that's what you do or you will go to jail,'" the lawsuit states.
He then ordered the victim to get in the car before driving to a secluded location.
According to the lawsuit, he ordered the victim to give him her phone number, exposed himself, and demanded Featherstone perform a sexual act on him.
Sajdak, who resigned from the CPD in April 2019, is due back in court on Oct. 12.
With News Wire Services