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4th suit filed against ex-Schaumburg narcotics officers

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Another lawsuit has been filed against Schaumburg and three of its former undercover tactical narcotics officers, who have been accused of selling illegal drugs they seized from dealers.

Xavier Neodina filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court against former officers John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O'Brien, claiming they used false information to get a search warrant on his Streamwood home in October 2012.

The three officers allegedly took part in an elaborate plan for at least six months that involved withholding cocaine and marijuana taken during arrests, then reselling them through a street dealer, prosecutors said at the time.

Neodina was arrested as a result of the search and held at the Cook County Jail, where he was sexually assaulted, according to the suit, which did not specify who committed the assault.

The officers "intentionally schemed and worked together" to set up Neodina, and then "acted together to cover up their actions," the suit alleges.

A judge later dismissed charges against Neodina, according to the suit.

The Village of Schaumburg and three other Schaumburg police officers who have not been charged in connection with the alleged conspiracy are also listed as defendants in the suit.

In an email Tuesday night, Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said that "[i]t would not be appropriate for the Village of Schaumburg to comment on pending litigation."

"This unfortunate chapter is well behind us," Nebl said. "The dedicated members of the Schaumburg Police Department continue to serve our residents, businesses, and visitors in an honorable, professional, and ethical manner."

The plan came to light in January 2013 as part of a drug investigation being conducted by Carol Stream police.

An informant told investigators the officers had contacted him about six months ago to sell drugs given to him by the cops, prosecutors said at the time.

Ater his arrest, O'Brien told investigators he took part in the scheme "for the thrill of it," Anderson said.

More than a dozen people convicted of various drug offenses after being arrested by Hudak, Cichy and O'Brien have been cleared of charges since the officers were arrested on federal charges last January.

The three officers resigned after being arrested, leading to the dismantling of the Schaumburg police special investigations bureau in which they worked.

O'Brien, 47, pleaded guilty in March to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, official misconduct, burglary and armed violence, according to the Sun-Times. The 23-year Schaumburg police veteran must serve at least half of his 24-year-sentence, prosecutors said.

Cichy, 30, who was a Schaumburg police officer for 10 years, and Hudak, 29, a five-year veteran of the department, are both scheduled to appear in court April 29.

Neodina's five-count suit seeks an unspecified amount of money in compensatory and punitive damages as well as court costs.

At least three other lawsuits have been filed against Schaumburg and different combinations of O'Brien, Cichy and Hudak since February 2013.

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