Prosecutor Who Allegedly Bit Man's Leg Slammed with 9 New Charges
CHICAGO — A prosecutor who allegedly bit a man's leg outside a Lakeview sex shop while drunk has received nine fresh charges in the incident, according to the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Sarah Naughton, 32, originally was charged in September with misdemeanor battery and criminal trespass after she entered Taboo Tabou, 854 W. Belmont Ave., and allegedly refused to leave.
She appeared to be drunk and took out a badge saying she was with the state's attorney's office, said Mark Thomas, owner of Taboo Tabou, whose employees witnessed the incident.
After being led outside, she allegedly bit the leg of the manager of Blue Havana cigar lounge, 856 W. Belmont Ave., also owned by Thomas.
A video, "Drunk State's Attorney vs Cop," allegedly showing Naughton after the arrest, was posted online. In it, a blond woman yells about the pain of handcuffs and calls police officers names.
Original charges were dismissed, but the state attorney general filed nine misdemeanor charges on Dec. 31 — four counts of battery, one count of resisting arrest, one count of attempted official misconduct, one count of criminal trespass, one count of assault, and one count of disorderly conduct.
She is on desk duty until further notice, according to the state's attorney's office.
"As we have interviewed witnesses and carefully reviewed the facts of the case, we determined that it was appropriate to seek additional charges," said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Thomas said he thought the charges showed Attorney General Lisa Madigan was taking the case seriously. But he said the bite his employee took was worth a felony charge. The employee's knee, which suffered a hairline fracture, still hurts occasionally, Thomas said.
"We think they should have gone another level," Thomas said.
The employee's hospital bills were covered by worker's compensation insurance, and the insurance company plans to sue Naughton for at least $5,000 in hospital costs, Thomas said.
"At the end of the day, I am sad for her and her family," Thomas said.
Naughton's case is scheduled for a hearing Jan. 29.