EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A police officer in southwestern Illinois' Wood River is accused of soliciting a sex act from a woman in exchange for his help in an investigation.
A Madison County grand jury on Thursday indicted 32-year-old Jeremy Elliott on charges of felony official misconduct.
The county's state's attorney's office says Elliott committed the misconduct involving a 29-year-old woman in his official capacity as a police officer in Wood River, northeast of St. Louis.
Elliott is suspended from the police force without pay.
Online court records don't show whether Elliott has an attorney. Elliott does not have a listed home telephone number.
"It's something that is very disturbing obviously. I think we all have the same gut reaction to it. It's something that gives you a lot of concern. People trust police officers and we need to be able to have confidence in law enforcement. When a single individual does something that violates hat trust, it has to be dealt with quickly and it has to be dealt with seriously and so as soon as this was brought to us we immediately began an investigation and very quickly brought this before the grand jury," said Tom Gibbons, the Madison County State's Attorney.
The charge in punishable by up to five years in prison.
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