PoliceOne Staff Report (LAKE COUNTY, Ill.) -- A former Waukegan policeman who is a convicted sex offender was sentenced to 18 months' periodic imprisonment, 30 months' probation and 300 hours of public service.
Lake County Associate Judge Victoria Rossetti also prohibited Rommel Reyes from carrying a weapon and required him to register as a sex offender. Reyes had violated the conditions of a previous probation when he was arrested by Libertyville police for impersonating an officer.
In September 1999, while still a police officer Reyes picked up a woman in his squad car, handcuffed and then fondled her. He was originally charged with sexual abuse, but negotiated an agreement to plea guilty for unlawful restraint and sentenced to probation.
In December he was stopped by police for a minor traffic offense at which time he tried to get out of the ticket by telling Libertyville police that he was an officer.
"For nine years, my dream was to be a cop. It came true for one year but now is a nightmare," Reyes told the judge, according to the News Sun.
"You had a chance," the judge told Reyes. "In March 2000, you were placed on regular probation for 24 months and given six months of work release stayed. Three months later, in a minor traffic offense, you were not just trying to get out of a ticket. You used your specific knowledge of your prior occupation. And you had used your position as a police officer to abuse that woman," Rossetti said.
"You come here as two different people. One is hard working, industrious and loves his son. The other has abused his position as a police officer. You should have gone to prison in the first place, but your life has been exemplary and you have worked to support your son," she said.