NILES — A local police officer faces serious sex charges and people who know this officer say the allegations are shocking.
Ivery Cross is accused of criminal sexual misconduct with a male inmate. These charges could mean life in prison if he is convicted.
For the people who knew Cross, the allegations against the Niles High School athlete and alum, former security aide and police officer are shocking.
"He was always in the crowd doing something," said Andrew Larocco, who went to high school with Cross. "He pulled me over one time. I asked him -- 'I didn't think you'd be a cop I thought you'd be in the NBA or college or something.' It's very surprising to see the trouble he is in now."Cross faces preliminary charges including multiple counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first and second degree.
Investigators said on March 17, Cross had inappropriate sexual contact with a male inmate while on duty, in a holding cell at the law enforcement complex in Niles.