CENTREVILLE — Corey Allen, a 10-year law enforcement veteran accused of lying to a federal agent, has resigned as assistant police chief.
Allen, 31, was charged Dec. 1 with lying to a federal agent while he was questioned about the sale of a gun to a convicted felon for $100 on May 3.
Neither Allen, Police Chief Steve Brown nor Mayor Marius Jackson could be reached for comment on Allen's resignation submitted Friday.
Allen started in law enforcement on his 21st birthday with Alorton. He started as a patrolman and worked his way up to become a detective and later interim police chief in Alorton. Then, in 2004, Allen left Alorton and went to Centreville, where he started out as a detective. When Jackson took office in 2011, Allen became the police department's assistant chief. He worked there until he was arraigned on the federal charge in December.
At that time, Allen told U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams that he was not guilty and he was allowed to go free.
Allen was originally scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25. He was represented by a federal public defender, but he said he was going to hire his own lawyer. Allen was put on a $10,000 unsecured bond before a trial expected to be held later this month.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Weinhoeft is prosecuting this case. Allen faces a maximum punishment of up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted of lying to a federal agent.
At the time of his resignation, Allen was on paid administrative leave from the Centreville Police Department.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.