February 27, 2024

Statement on Christopher Marvel

On September 16, 2023, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office administration was notified of an off-duty incident involving former Detective Christopher Marvel. After learning about the incident Marvel was immediately placed on administrative leave. Marvel is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Per department policy, the Sheriff’s Office opened an internal investigation in accordance with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office General Orders. On December 21, 2023, prior to the completion of the internal investigation, Marvel resigned. The Illinois Training and Standards Board was notified by the Sheriff’s Office of his resignation while under internal investigation, in accordance with the SAFE-T Act. 

On Friday, February 16, 2024, the Illinois State Police and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed the following charges against Christopher Marvel:

  • 8 Counts of Official Misconduct
  • 2 Counts of Solicitation of a Sexual Act
  • 1 Count of Defrauding Drug and Alcohol Screening tests

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is deeply disturbed and disappointed in the actions of now-former detective, Christopher Marvel. The Sheriff’s Office holds each of its employees to a high standard of expectations. Each personnel matter is investigated on a case-by-case basis to ensure we continue to provide professional services to the community. While Marvel failed to rise to the level of expectations we have set forth, we want to also remind our community that we have a dedicated team of deputies who do continually serve the community, promoting safety and equal protection for all.

Any further questions should be directed to the Illinois State Police or McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.