Ex-Grayslake Officer Indicted Former Sergeant Accused of Theft, Official Misconduct, Obstruction of Justice
Gordon, Tony, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Tony Gordon Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer
A former Grayslake police sergeant was accused Wednesday of betraying his badge and fellow officers.
David Williams, who resigned this month under an internal probe and a criminal investigation, was indicted for theft, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.
Lake County Assistant State's Attorney George Strickland said Williams, 35, is charged with stealing at least $14,000 from the bank account of Grayslake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99 while serving as its treasurer.
Williams also is accused of selling a department-owned AR15 automatic rifle, giving one of the department's portable breath testers to a friend as a gift and creating false charity receipts to hide the thefts.
Police Chief Larry Herzog said the department anticipated criminal charges would be filed but was saddened by the news nonetheless.
"We are disappointed that one of our own would be involved in the type of activities that are alleged in these charges," Herzog said. "My main concern at this point is that the public will not let the actions of one officer reflect poorly on the honest and professional work of the other men and women of the Grayslake Police Department."
Williams, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, has agreed to surrender to authorities today.
Williams was honored by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists in 2002 for making the most arrests of drunken drivers. He had served with the department for 10 years.
Strickland said Williams began taking money from the FOP account in 1996 and continued until Dec. 16 of last year when he was placed on administrative leave from his $68,032-a-year job.
Investigators have identified numerous checks Williams made out to himself or to cash totaling at least $14,000. Strickland said the probe is ongoing and the amount could rise. …