Karol Chwiesiuk is accused of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without legal authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct for Capitol reasons, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Chwiesiuk appeared in court Friday morning before Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago and was ordered released on a personal recognition bond, according to U.S. Assistant Attorney Joseph D. Fitzpatrick of the Northern District of Illinois.
The FBI tracked Chwiesiuk through geolocation and communications records associated with his Google email account and phone, according to the criminal complaint.
Chwiesiuk allegedly sent photos of himself at the riot wearing a beige Chicago police sweatshirt and reportedly sent messages before the riot that he was going to DC “to save the nation,”
The police officer went to the Capitol the night before the uprising and took 44 photographs, which he sent to three people, according to the court document.
Chwiesiuk is accused of entering Senator Jeff Merkley’s office on Jan. 6 and walking through the Capitol Crypt, taking a photo of himself inside the Capitol before traveling through a broken window, according to the criminal complaint.
CNN has reached out to its attorney for comment.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Chwiesiuk was “released from his police custody” on June 2 after Brown became aware of Chwiesiuk’s alleged involvement in the uprising.
Chwiesiuk was a member of the Chicago Police Department for 2 years, Brown said.
“What happened in DC on January 6 was an absolute disgrace. The fact that a police officer in Chicago has been accused of this attack on American democracy is making my blood boil,” Brown said. “It makes me sick to my stomach. And yes, if these claims are true, it will break my heart.”
Chwiesiuk is due to return to court for a status meeting on June 18 at 14:00 CT.