Suspended Frankfort cop facing new criminal charge
BY JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2013 1:44PM
Updated: June 6, 2013 6:56AM
A Frankfort police officer accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend was indicted on an additional charge of burglary this week.
Donald Walsh initially was charged with domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery in July after Mokena police arrested him for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend at her home. A Will County grand jury indicted Walsh this week on a residential burglary charge as well as the battery charges.
Special Prosecutor Dave Neal said he added the burglary charge not because Walsh took anything from his ex-girlfriend’s home, but because Walsh allegedly entered the home against her wishes on the day of the incident.
Walsh, 29, of Monee, was arrested July 25 by Mokena police, who were called to the woman’s house about 3 a.m. by one of her children. Police say the child likely saw Walsh shouting at the victim, demanding to see her cell phone, choking, hitting and head-butting her.
Walsh also pointed a gun at his head and put the gun in his mouth, police said.
Walsh has denied attacking his ex-girlfriend or threatening himself with the gun. His attorney, Steven Haney, declined to comment on the new charge Friday.
Walsh is on administrative leave without pay.
The village of Frankfort is taking Walsh’s ex-girlfriend to court May 13 on a petition to force her to testify against Walsh before the village’s police commission. The woman was subpoenaed to testify at Walsh’s disciplinary hearing in October but refused to answer questions about the incident once she took the stand, saying, “I plead the Fifth,” court records show.
Even though the lawyers for the village and commission told her she had to testify, that she was not in a criminal proceeding nor was at risk of incriminating herself — and therefore not protected by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution — the woman refused to talk, saying she was doing what she felt was best for her children, court records show.