Daughter of deceased Caseyville chief accused of beating 63-year-old

News-DemocratJune 18, 2013 

Authorities have issued charges of aggravated battery and criminal trespass against the daughter of the former Caseyville police chief, who committed suicide on Thursday.

Liberty D. Roth, 25, was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor after police said she entered a home and struck a man in the face on Sunday. She was charged with criminal trespass to a residence and aggravated battery for allegedly going into a home at 330 Scout Drive near Belleville and striking a 63-year-old man in the head with her hands on Sunday.

Roth was also charged with aggravated driving under the influence. The charge was enhanced because a 3-year-old boy was a passenger in her car, according to police. She also faces a charge of endangering the life of a child charge, a misdemeanor.

Roth, of the 500 block of Pleasant Ridge Road in Fairview Heights, is the daughter of J.D. Roth, the former Caseyville Police Chief who faced two counts of official misconduct at the time he committed suicide.

J.D. Roth was found outside his home at 9407 Avalon Drive in Fairview Heights on Thursday morning, dead from a single gunshot wound.

J.D. Roth resigned as Caseyville's police chief on June 1 when his contract expired. Roth was on administrative leave after he was charged with two counts of official misconduct in May after an investigation by the St. Clair County state's attorney's office, the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI and the Illinois State Police.

The charges were related to Roth's purchase of a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck seized by his department in a drug bust. Roth used the truck for personal matters and business, but the Village Board recommended that it be put up for auction. Board members decided to tell Roth to get bids for the truck from local car dealers.

A car dealership, where Roth's friend worked, purchased the truck for $7,500. Roth later bought the truck back from the dealership, causing some Caseyville officers to question the bid process.

State law prohibits public officials or employees from buying or benefiting from seized property.

The second count of official misconduct is connected to luggage purchased with village funds. The criminal complaint stated Roth used the luggage for personal purposes.

A grand jury had not issued an indictment against Roth at the time of his death.

Liberty Roth remained Tuesday in St. Clair County Jail on $150,000 bail.