Frankfort police officer accused of beating woman faces new charges
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com December 18, 2013 12:50PM
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A Frankfort police officer has been charged with intimidation and phone harassment, charges related to his alleged beating of a former girlfriend in the summer of 2012.
Officer Donald Walsh, 30, of Monee, was arrested Wednesday in a Will County courtroom. His bail was set at $50,000.
He’s accused of threatening the woman in a June 2012 phone call that she secretly recorded — about a month before Walsh allegedly choked and struck her at her Mokena residence. The woman kept a copy of the recording and gave another copy to her sister, who locked it in a safe-deposit box, prosecutors said.
Walsh has denied attacking the woman. He has been on administrative leave without pay since his arrest in July 2012.
Mokena police learned about the telephone recording when the attorneys in Walsh’s battery case did — when told by the victim’s sister at the start of Walsh’s trial on Nov. 20.
Mokena police had investigated the July 2012 attack for criminal purposes, but Frankfort police conducted an internal inquiry for disciplinary reasons. Frankfort Police Chief John Burica and Deputy Chief Robert Krause testified during a recent hearing on the recording that they discussed it with village attorney David Silverman and decided the tape would not be used in their disciplinary case against Walsh.
The two police officials said they did not tell Mokena police or the special prosecutor in the battery case that the recording existed.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Burmila found that to be a violation of the evidentiary process and said Wednesday that the prosecution will not be allowed to use the recorded call in the battery trial, which is set to resume Jan. 13.