A former law enforcement officer who worked for the Pontoon Beach and St. Jacob police departments has been charged with felony sexual misconduct.
Richard L. Hays, 47, of the 6100 block of Illinois 162 in Maryville, was charged in St. Charles County for allegedly exposing himself over the Internet to a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
The recipient, however, was really an officer with the St. Charles County cyber crimes unit.
According to police reports, on Oct. 2. Hays, using the screen name "Supercop069," initiated a conversation with the detective posing as a child and then sent several photos of his genitals.
Bond was set at $25,000.