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Crime & Courts

Judge who fired gun in apartment accused of retaliating against sexual harassment accusers

Patrick O'Shea
Patrick O'Shea

The DuPage County judge who accidentally fired a gun at his Wheaton apartment into a neighboring unit is facing a formal complaint accusing him of lying about what happened and also retaliating in response to sexual harassment claims made against him.

The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board has made a formal complaint against Circuit Court Judge Patrick O’Shea, who is assigned to administrative duties and not currently on the bench.

The complaint, which was filed Oct. 25, alleges O’Shea, 68, filed a complaint on Sept. 28, 2017, in attempted retaliation against a deputy clerk who filed a sexual harassment claim against him in August 2017.

Another court employee also filed a complaint against O’Shea that same month. Both complaints were deemed credible through an internal investigation.

O’Shea allegedly admitted to filing his complaint about the clerk’s job performance in response to her sexual harassment allegations against him, according to the board’s complaint.

The complaint also alleges O’Shea showed “erratic and aggressive” behavior toward an administrative assistant who, together with another DuPage County judge, filed a sexual harassment complaint against him in 2016. An investigation substantiated the harassment complaint.

O’Shea allegedly made negative comments about the assistant’s appearance and job performance, while also demanding her termination and threatening to sue her, according to the complaint.

In addition, the complaint claims O’Shea made knowingly deceptive statements during an interview on Sept. 27, 2017, with investigators about a firearm that was discharged Sept. 15, 2017, in his apartment in the 200 block of East Willow Avenue.

On Sept. 15 and again on Sept. 16, O’Shea allegedly told the apartment building management that he damaged the wall with a screwdriver while trying to hang a mirror but later said he accidentally had fired a pneumatic gun and asked to give a gift card to the neighbors for “the inconvenience of the situation.”

The complaint alleges O’Shea initially gave investigators the same false explanation when interviewed in his home. It also alleges O’Shea again made false statements about the incident on April 13, 2018, while testifying before the board under oath.

On March 2, Kane County Associate Judge Keith Johnson found O’Shea not guilty of reckless conduct in the incident.

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