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Correctional officer faces battery charge

WAUKEGAN – A corrections officer is on leave after being charged with battery for incidents involving a food service employee at the Lake County Jail, police said.

On Jan. 24, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an incident involving a male corrections officer and a female Aramark Food Service employee inside the Lake County Jail.

According to the release, the female contract employee said that Darin Chansky, 49, of the 2800 block of 55th Avenue in Kenosha, Wis., made an inappropriate sexual gesture toward her in the presence of correctional inmates in December 2017. Additionally, in January, she reported that Chansky touched her buttocks in the presence of correctional inmates.  

Chansky, a 22-year employee, was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay and a criminal investigation was initiated, according to the release.

Investigators interviewed all parties involved. On Feb. 23, the case was reviewed with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued for Chansky for battery.

On Feb. 26, Chansky surrendered with council present and appeared in bond court, where he was released on his signature.

Chansky will remain on leave until the conclusion of an ongoing administrative investigation.

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