A Cook County sheriff’s deputy was acquitted this week on a series of sexual charges brought against him more than two years ago.
Luke Hatzipetros, 45, has faced multiple charges, including criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse, after a former friend’s daughter accused him of inappropriately touching her on multiple occasions.
On Monday Cook County Judge Alfredo Maldonado found Hatzipetros not guilty on all counts following a banking trial.
At his 2019 hearing, prosecutors investigated that Lake County officials were also investigating a claim that Hatzipetros inappropriately touched the same minor in a pool in their jurisdiction, as well as allegations made by another girl.
None of these investigations resulted in charges, Hatzipetros’ defense attorney Jonathan Bedi said on Tuesday.
“We were confident from the start that we would prevail,” Bedi said in a statement sent via email. “I am grateful that the court saw the truth and found my client not guilty.”
The Cook County Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
The sheriff’s office opened an internal investigation into the allegations against Hatzipetros one month before the criminal complaint was filed, which resulted in Hatzipetros being “deputated” in February 2019 and placed on administrative leave without pay.
The office then tried to fire Hatzipetros that November. The case is pending with the sheriff’s merit board.