By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD — A Rockford Police officer was arrested on several charges after investigators say she is one of two people who obstructed justice in a domestic violence incident that occurred in January.
Officer Christina Perez, 27, of Rockford, was booked into the Winnebago County Jail Wednesday and charged with unlawful communication with a witness, two counts of obstructing justice, conspiracy to commit unlawful communication with a witness, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and two counts of official misconduct.
The charges against Perez stem from an incident that unfolded Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the 500 block of South New Towne Drive. That’s where responding officers met with a women they allege had been battered by her cousin, , 28-year-old Joseph Perez, who was subsequently charged with domestic battery.
On March 25, investigators learned that the victim failed to cooperate with the prosecution of Joseph Perez. Police say during a follow-up investigation they learned he allegedly made unlawful contact with the victim with the help of Christina Perez.
Christina Perez has been placed on administrative leave pending results of her criminal case and an internal investigation.
“Per policy and per collective bargaining agreement, criminal proceedings come first and then the internal investigation,” Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a press conference yesterday.
Domestic battery charges against Joseph Perez were dismissed on March 19. He’s now charged with subornation of perjury and lodged in the Winnebago County Jail without bond. Christina Perez posted bond yesterday and is due in court April 5. R.