Blue Island police officer charged with sexual assault

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (WLS) -- A suburban police officer has been taken off the street after being accused of sexual assault.

John Miller, a Blue Island police officer, is charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

Miller, 51, appeared for a bond hearing at the criminal courthouse in Bridgeview - but it never happened. The hearing was transferred to another courthouse after his defense attorney convinced the judge that he had no jurisdiction to hear the case because the alleged crimes happened in Blue Island, which is in another jurisdiction.

Cook County sheriff's deputies arrested Miller on Wednesday morning, about a week after investigators said someone came to the Blue Island Police Department accusing the veteran cop of a sex crime. Police officials then called in the Cook County sheriff's office, which began investigating the allegations.

Miller, who has worked for the Blue Island Police Department since 2000, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Miller remains in police custody Thursday night. His case is scheduled to be heard in Markham on Friday morning.
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