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3 Schaumburg narcotics officers face misconduct charges, among others

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Terrance O’Brien Terrance O’Brien
Nicole Brehm Nicole Brehm
John Cichy John Cichy
Matthew Hudak Matthew Hudak
WHEATON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin gave details on the arrests of three Schaumburg police officers and a civilian, all appearing in bond court Thursday.

Matthew Hudak, 29, Terrance O'Brien, 46, and John Cichy, 30, were charged with multiple counts including, drug charges, official misconduct, armed violence, theft and burglary, with a bond set at $750,000.

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The investigation began Jan. 2, 2013 when police arrested a person on a routine drug charge. That person was an informant and gave information on the police officers.

Hidden cameras were placed in a storage locker to record the officers breaking in and stealing cash and drug paraphernalia. Authorities said all three officers gave statements.

Terry O'Brien saying he didn't do it for the money. He did it "for the thrill of it."

Matt Hudak allegedly said, "You got me."

John Cichy held his head in his hands and sobbed during his bond hearing.

Prosecutors said O'Brien led a double life, married with four children who were homeschooled, but also a girlfriend and a child with her. He allegedly stashed the drugs at her house. Nicole Brehm was charged and her bond set at $150,000.

DEA Special Agent Jack Riley called this a sad day for law enforcement. Riley said a routine drug investigation took a dark turn, with federal agencies taking sworn officers off the street.

"From my point of view, I'm battling Mexican cartels, 100,000 gang members in the city of Chicago and now I have to worry about this," Riley said.

"It is very disappointing to learn that three Schaumburg police officers are alleged to have broken the very laws they were sworn to uphold," said Schaumburg Village Manager Ken Fritz. "But, it is important that our community understands our commitment to hold officers that break the law fully accountable. That's why the Schaumburg Police Department fully supports efforts to prosecute these officers to the fullest extent under the law."

Agents do not believe anyone else in the Schaumburg police department was involved in the activity. The officers could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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