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Second ex-Schaumburg cop released on bond

Former Schaumburg tactical police officer John Cichy appears for a reduced bail hearing in DuPage County Court on Jan. 31 in Wheaton. He is one of three Schaumburg police officers accused of operating a drug ring.

Former Schaumburg tactical police officer John Cichy appears for a reduced bail hearing in DuPage County Court on Jan. 31 in Wheaton. He is one of three Schaumburg police officers accused of operating a drug ring.

 

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A second accused ex-Schaumburg cop was released from jail Tuesday after he put up a $25,000 bond.

John Cichy, left the DuPage County lockup about 3 p.m. after Judge Blanche Hill Fawell approved a $25,000 bond put up by Cichy's uncle. Cichy, 30, declined to comment as he walked out.

His release follows the release Monday of 29-year-old Matthew Hudak, on a $35,000 bond. The other officer arrested on charges alleging shakedowns of drug dealers, Terrance O'Brien, remains in jail.

The three tactical officers resigned in late January, about two weeks after being charged in a scheme to shake down dealers and sell marijuana and cocaine in DuPage County.

If convicted as charged, they could each face a minimum 24 years in prison, prosecutors said. They have pleaded not guilty.

Cichy attorney Jay Fuller said his client's release moves the case "onto the next phase."

"We're looking forward to getting the discovery and seeing what the evidence is against him," Fuller said.

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