Cook County sheriff moves to fire 9 employees in wake of courthouse rape

Updated 10/6/2017 7:31 PM

Sheriff Thomas Dart announced Friday he intends to terminate nine Markham courthouse employees determined to have allowed the rape of a female detainee by two male detainees in a holding cell at the courthouse.

In addition, the sheriff's office announced it has reached, in principle, a settlement with the 52-year-old victim for $3.25 million.


The two male detainees, Hamidullah Tribble, 21, and Nelon Drake, 29, have been charged with criminal sexual assault in the May 2 case.

The sheriff's office said it has since implemented a series of reforms, including requiring deputies assigned to any area of a courthouse without fixed cameras to wear body cameras, assigning additional trained supervisors to the Markham courthouse and conducting unannounced security audits of all court facilities.

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