Harassment charge to be investigated

By Diane Smith Record-Courier staff writer Published:

John Malin, who has been with the department since 1987, was placed on administrative assignment pending an investigation into the complaint filed by a female member of the police department, Safety Director William Lillich said. The assignment was effective June 11, days after the department's administration was notified of the complaint, Lillich said.

"These are allegations the administration at the police department takes very seriously, and they are giving it a thorough review for the benefit of the protection of everyone involved," Lillich said.

Police Chief James Peach said the assignment is not a suspension and is something the department routinely does during internal investigations.

"There's no stigma," he said. "It's not a suspension. He was re-assigned to his home until the investigation is complete. Because of the nature of the complaint, it was best that he be removed from the environment while the investigation takes place."

Peach said Malin recently asked for a special order notification. The letter orders Malin not to contact any female member of the police department, to call Peach or one of the department's captains daily for instructions on assignments, to surrender his firearms and not to respond to any calls related to the Summit Metro Critical Response team unless ordered to do so.

Malin, 38, joined the department in 1987 and was sworn in as sergeant last March. He was assigned as afternoon shift sergeant in the department's patrol division before the administrative assignment became effective.

During his tenure, he has served as a member of the Summit Metro Critical Response Team, responding to emergency situations such as hostage and rescue situations. He was assigned twice to work in the department's detective bureau, and served as DARE officer from 1993 to 1995.

Lillich said he has not been involved directly in the administration because "at some point I may be in a decision-making capacity on this matter."

Malin, contacted at his home in Kent, declined comment.

Attorney Ron Habowski of Aurora, who represents the city on personnel matters, and Malin's attorney, Thomas Hanculak of Mayfield Village, could not be reached for comment.

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