City employee charged with sodomy, impersonating officer

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by Stephanie Baumer / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 4:40 PM

St. Louis, Mo. (KMOV) – A man who worked as a civilian processing clerk is in jail on a $150,000 bond after warrants were issued against him for sodomy and impersonating a police officer.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office issued warrants for four counts of forcible sodomy and one count of impersonating a police officer against Michael Cornell, 28, on July 11.

On Wednesday, a Grand Jury indicted Cornell on four additional counts of deviate sexual assault and one count of third degree assault.

Cornell joined the department in August 2007 as a Recruit in Training but resigned in December of the same year. The department rehired him in March 2008 as a civilian processing clerk in the Prisoner Processing Unit. Cornell worked in the Prisoner Processing Unit until he was suspended without pay in July 2014.  

Authorities said an internal affairs complaint was filed against Cornell in May. They said the investigation into the complaint led to a search warrant being issued on July 10.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said, “Criminal conduct by any employee will not be tolerated. When these allegations were brought to the Department’s attention, we took immediate action, initiated an investigation, and moved swiftly to seek justice for the victim and protect the community. We urge anyone who may have had contact with this individual to call Internal Affairs at 314-444-5405."

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