Second Chicago Lifeguard Charged With Assault

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A second Chicago lifeguard has been charged with sexual assault as the city's ongoing investigation into the Chicago Park District's lifeguard program continues to uncover wrongdoing among its ranks. 

Former lifeguard supervisor Hector Coz now faces charges of criminal sexual assault by force, sexual assault by a person in a position of authority and sexual abuse related to an alleged 2018 incident at Jefferson Park Pool. His bail has been set at $275,000. 

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Coz, who was 22 at the time, was a supervisor in the summer seasonal lifeguard program when he pushed a 17-year-old lifeguard into a locker room at the pool, pinned her against a bank of lockers and sexually assaulted her. 

Coz was in charge of scheduling and set the teen's schedule so that they would work together during morning shifts when few people were at the pool. 

Coz is 25 now and was arrested on Wednesday. He has never been arrested before and currently lives with his fiance in Naperville. 

The Chicago Park District's lifeguard program has been embroiled in scandal, leading to parks superintendent Mark Kelly's resignation last year. 

Former lifeguard supervisor Mauricio Ramirez, 32, was charged last fall with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old employee. In December, was charged with new counts of sexual assault after another woman came forward, alleging she was assaulted as a teenager in 2013-2014. 

Ramirez has pleaded not guilty in both cases. 


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