Officer becomes fourth Rockford cop in past year to be charged with crimes
ROCKFORD — An officer with the Rockford Police Department is on paid administrative leave after being arrested on several charges.
Joshua A. Sims, 29, was jailed Saturday, charged with domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, unlawful restraint, driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal damage to property.
According to court documents, Sims is accused of using his shoulder to break down a woman’s door. He then allegedly knocked her to the ground and choked her.
“I’m concerned and angry that one of our officers, Joshua Sims, is facing numerous criminal charges, including aggravated domestic battery,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said. “The seriousness of these allegations shows that no one is above the law, even members of law enforcement. I am encouraged that our police department continues to hold itself accountable.”
Sims posted $5,000 bond and was released Monday. He is the fourth Rockford officer in the last year to face criminal charges. Former ROCK House officer Eric Thurmond was charged with criminal sexual assault last October. Daniel Basile, a 19-year veteran, also faces the same charge in a separate incident last fall.
This June, officer Frank Fabiani was charged with misdemeanor battery after arresting known Rockford protester, William Patrick Gettings, during a traffic stop. Fabiani claimed Gettings became combative during the stop and assaulted him. Prosecutors say dash cam footage showed Faniani was the aggressor, and charges against Gettings were subsequently dropped.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said a position on the police department does does not exempt anyone from criminal prosecution.
“All criminal cases proceed through the criminal justice system process,” she said in a release. “Currently, there are four City of Rockford police officers that have criminal charges pending in Winnebago County. All defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.”