A former deputy police chief in south suburban Markham was arrested and is expected in U.S. District Court this afternoon after being charged with sexually abusing a victim and violating civil rights, officials said.
Tony D. DeBois was arrested at his Matteson home by FBI agents this morning, officials said. DeBois had been the deputy chief of the Markham Police Department when the alleged crime occurred on Sept. 23, 2010.
DeBois, 41, is expected to appear at 2:15 p.m. today before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in Federal Court, officials said in a press release.
He was charged in a single-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury yesterday and unsealed today following his arrest.
According to the indictment, on Sept. 23, 2010, while a Markham deputy police chief, DeBois sexually abused a person and deprived the victim of civil rights.
DeBois served as deputy chief between 2008 and approximately 2011, and he was also the Markham Police Department’s head of internal affairs between 2007 and approximately 2011, when he became Markham’s inspector general until 2012, officials said.
DeBois began his law enforcement career with the former Chicago Housing Authority Police Department in the 1990s, and he was a police officer in south suburban Harvey from 1999 to 2007, when he joined the Markham Police Department, officials said.
Conviction on the felony civil rights violation carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said.