CHICAGO (CN) - A Park Ridge policeman says he was "stripped of his police powers" after a Cook County judge falsely accused him of "stalking her": following her home from work, hiding in bushes and watching her through a window.
Park Ridge police Officer Kevin Duffy claims Cook County Judge Catherine Haberkorn fabricated the defamatory story, which caused him to be demoted to answering telephones at the city's 311 center, after he had served as a patrol officer since 2001.
Duffy claims that Haberkorn reported the false allegations to the Park Ridge Police Department in 2008, "indicat[ing] that she was a Cook County Judge."
He claims that Haberkorn repeated the false allegations to Chicago Police Department's Internal Affairs, which provoked an investigation.
Duffy claims that Haberkorn had previously told Cook County Sheriff's deputies that he was stalking her, and followed her home from the Cook County Courthouse in Skokie.
Duffy says that Haberkorn's accusations "were so severe that the identification badges of Chicago Police Officers were scrutinized upon entry into the Skokie Court House where [Haberkorn] presided..."
Duffy says he has been ridiculed and shunned by his peers because of the false allegations. He says the Internal Affairs investigation found Haberkorn's allegations to be unfounded.
Duffy demands damages for defamation, infliction of emotional distress, interference with employment and malicious prosecution.
He is represented by Blake Horwitz.
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