Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said Wednesday the arrest of a trooper on an aggravated battery charge after a strip search during a traffic stop in East St. Louis is a matter of concern to the agency.
Corey Alberson, 32, of Swansea, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment Tuesday. He posted $20,000 bail and was released pending trial.
"The Illinois State Police take this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level," Grau said. "The action of one officer is not a reflection of the hard-working men and women of this agency who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve the public and Illinois communities."
The charge alleged Alberson stopped Anthony Campbell on North Ninth Street in East St. Louis on Jan. 21, 2013, and pulled down Campbell's pants without his consent, exposing his buttocks and then visually examined Campbell's buttocks with a flashlight while holding his pants down.
The search occurred on a public roadway.
Campbell was not charged as a result of the stop.
State police would not confirm how or why the investigation began or whether the traffic stop was videotaped. ISP squad cars are equipped with video cameras to tape traffic stops.
The ISP Division of Internal Investigation acted immediately by launching an internal investigation into the matter and relieved the trooper of duty pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings, according to an ISP press release disseminated on Wednesday.
The investigation is ongoing.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly issued the charges on Tuesday.
"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, but the law is the law," Kelly said.
Alberson, formerly of Red Bud, is a former member of McKendree Bearcats football team. He was a left guard in the offensive line.
Alberson is a seven-year veteran of the department with an annual salary of $74,496.
If he is convicted of a felony, Alberson will no longer be able to carry a gun. He will also forfeit his law enforcement career.