Lindenhurst cop accused of questionable sexual activities

Questions are being raised about the conduct of a far north suburban police officer.

Some say he has been engaging in questionable and perhaps illegal sexual activities.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this represents a continuous cover-up by the Village of Lindenhurst,” said community activist Margaret Carrasco.

Carrasco is asking the Lindenhurst Village Board why a veteran Lindenhurst cop hasn't been disciplined for what she believes were two incidents of improper sexual conduct for a police officer. Carrasco points to this Grayslake police report that suggests a 47-year-old Lindenhurst cop had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old male five years ago in the boy's backyard in the middle of the night.

Lake County state’s attorney Mike Nerheim says the incident was investigated, but was determined to be a consensual sexual encounter. Seventeen is the age of consent in Illinois.

The second incident allegedly happened 28 years ago. The alleged victim was a 14-year-old member of the Explorer program. The alleged victim claims he was molested by the same man when he was a community service officer, on his way toward becoming a Lindenhurst cop.

“They know the severity of what has happened over all these years. For the past 30 years. And I want the village to know that I am not going away, we're not going away, there needs to be accountability,” said alleged victim Robert Lawry.

An attorney for the officer told FOX 32, "Ralph Goar is a decorated Police Officer having served over 20 years. He is dedicated to the Village of Lindenhurst and its citizens. He absolutely denies the allegations made by Mr. Lowry. They are completely untrue. The claims being made by Mr. Lowry have been thoroughly investigated by the Lake County State's Attorney's Office and conclusively closed."

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