Cicero cop arrested for felony HIV transmission

Thu. March 14, 2013 4:25 PM by News Staff

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Cicero, IL - Cicero police detective John Savage, 38, was arrested today by Cook County Sheriff's Police on charges of felony transmission of HIV. The charges were brought by the Cook County State's Attorney.

Through spokesperson Sandra Simonton, the State alleges that Savage met a 24-year-old man on a dating web site, exchanged text messages, e-mails and phone calls, and went on dates July 12 and July 29, 2012. Only after the two had sex, purportedly without protection, on the second date did Savage disclose in text messages that he was HIV-positive.

The unidentified victim has not tested positive, but under the law in effect at the time HIV-positive persons were required to disclose their status before engaging in sex. The law has since been amended to also require use of a condom.

Savage is a 13-year veteran of the Cicero Police Department. He was immediately suspended from duty pending trial and released on a personal recognizance bond.