Southern Illinois Woman Charged for Falsely Accusing Investigators of Sexual Assault
Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials announced today that two ISP Agents were cleared of false claims of sexual assault.
In early February 2012, Zone 7 Agents were conducting a narcotics investigation when alleged claims of sexual misconduct were made against the officers. Based on the allegations, the ISP’s Division of Internal Investigations immediately launched an investigation into the claims made by Dea Ann Thompson, 44, of Olive Branch, IL, who alleged an ISP Agent sexually assaulted her while another ISP Agent stood nearby.
The ISP’s Division of Internal Investigations conducted a thorough investigation of the evidence and determined the allegations were completely false and unsubstantiated.
In mid-February 2012, Thompson was re-interviewed by the ISP Division of Internal Investigations and when confronted with evidence admitted she lied and fabricated the allegations in her complaint of sexual assault. She further stated there was absolutely no sexual contact between her and the ISP Agents named in the complaint.
Thompson was placed under arrest and charged in Union County with Obstruction of Justice and Disorderly Conduct, a Class 4 felony.
“The Illinois State Police takes allegations against its officers very seriously and investigates complaints thoroughly, said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “No officer is above the law, however, we will not tolerate false allegations made against our officers who risk their lives daily to protect the public. Those who do so will be brought to justice,” Grau added.
This is the second case within the last year that a bogus complaint was filed against ISP officers. In June of 2010, Gina Gonzalez of Lincoln Heights, Il was arrested for driving without a license. Gonzalez filed a complaint in September alleging two ISP officers used excessive force and inappropriate behavior during the time of the arrest.
An investigation also determined that Gonzalez’ complaint was unsubstantiated and Gonzalez was arrested and charged for filing a false report, a Class 4 felony.
The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Thompson with Filing a False Police Report and Disorderly Conduct. Thompson pled guilty in Union County to Disorderly Conduct, Class 4 felony, and received 18 months of probation and community service, and will enter into an alcohol treatment program.
The ISP wants to remind the public that filing a false police report or complaint is a crime and can result in arrest and serious charges.
Dea Ann Thompson, 44, Olive Branch, Illinois