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April 24, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Police lieutenant accused of harassing woman for date
By David Heinzmann, Tribune staff reporter
Tribune staff reporter Todd Lighty contributed to this report

For the third time, Lt. Richard Guererro, a former commander of the 23rd district, is in trouble for allegations of mistreatment of women. In two previous cases he was investigated, reassigned and demoted, but allowed to remain on the force.

Guerrero was arrested Thursday and charged with telephone harassment, a misdemeanor, after the woman contacted other police officers and complained, police spokesman David Bayless said. "He called (the woman) repeatedly on her cell phone asking her out on a date," Bayless said.

The woman filed a police report after a traffic accident at the Wood District headquarters, 937 N. Wood St., where Guerrero works. While she was filling out the report Guerrero saw her in the station and motioned for her to come see him, which she ignored. Guerrero allegedly left in a police car and followed her. At one point he pulled up next to her on the street and motioned for her to roll down her window. She again ignored him.

Guerrero then returned to the station and pulled the woman's police report to retrieve her phone number. He called her "between nine and thirteen times" all before 5 pm that day, Bayless said.

Internal affairs is continuing to investigate.

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