ISP trooper charged after strip search on side of the road

News-DemocratApril 15, 2014 

An Illinois State Police Trooper faces felony aggravated battery charges after prosecutors alleged he performed a strip search on the side of an East St. Louis street during a traffic stop.

Corey Alberson, 32, of Swansea, was charged Tuesday. He plead not guilty and was released after posting $20,000 bail.

"Corey Alberson has pleaded not guilty to these charges and will persist in that plea of not guilty," said Alberson's lawyer John O'Gara. "We will fight this matter in court."

Prosecutors alleged Alberson stopped Anthony Campbell on North 9th Street in East St. Louis on Jan. 21, 2013, and made contact of an "insulting or provoking nature" in that Alberson pulled down Campbell's pants without his consent, "exposing his buttocks and visually examined with a flashlight the buttocks of Anthony Campbell while holding his pants down."

The incident occurred during a traffic stop. Campbell was not charged.

Illinois State Police have video cameras in their cars that they used to record traffic stops, but neither O'Gara nor St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly would comment on whether the stop was videotaped.

Illinois State Police Internal Affairs investigated the incident. It wasn't immediately clear if Campbell made a complaint or what lead to the investigation.

Kelly declined to discuss the evidence in the case, citing Illinois Supreme Court rules.

"There is no State's Attorney in Illinois that relies more upon the courageous men and women of the state police and has greater respect and affection for them than I do," Kelly said.

Illinois State Police spokesman Monique Bond said Tuesday they will issue a formal statement Wednesday morning.

"But for now, I can confirm that a (District 11) trooper was arrested and relieved of duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation and court proceedings," Bond said.

Alberson was relieved of duty, but with pay, effective immediately, Bond said.

A felony conviction would render Alberson unable to carry a gun and cost him his law enforcement career. Alberson could face from two to five years in prison on the charge if he is convicted.

Alberson's status with the state police could not immediately be determined. He is formerly from Red Bud and attended McKendree University in Lebanon. His annual salary is $85,858.

Contact Beth Hundsdorfer at 239-2570 or bhundsdorfer@bnd.com.

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