Six officers, one dispatcher arrested in Metro-East countywide roundup

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Posted on September 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 11:01 AM

Metro-East law enforcement arrests

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) – Five Metro-East officers and one dispatcher were arrested in separate incidents during countywide roundup on Wednesday. The crimes range from theft to forcing a woman to perform a sex act.
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Alorton Police Officer Harry Halter, also known as “Dink”, was arrested around 2 p.m. by Illinois State Police and was charged with misconduct. He owns Town and Country Towing in Alorton, and eyebrows were raised when customers said they were being overcharged when retrieving their vehicles. The City of Alorton sends police tows to Halter’s business, and some called that a conflict of interest to have a tow business tied to a city officer.

The FBI visited Halter’s business on September 1. Halter said the agents were looking for tax-related information.

Halter is also accused of forcing a 30-year-old woman to perform a sex act on New Year’s Eve 2008. At that time, Halter was an officer of the Fairmount City Police Department. Court records say Halter pulled the woman over outside his jurisdiction when he was not on duty. However, he reportedly acted in the capacity of a police officer when he asked for the sex act. In exchange, he would not arrest her for driving on a suspended license. The woman complied.

Halter’s felony charge carries a $30,000 bond.

Statement from Alorton Mayor Randy McCallum regarding Harry Halter.
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Larry Greenlee, 39, was also arrested in the roundup. He was a police officer in East St. Louis when authorities said he collected unemployment benefits from the state of Illinois. Officials allege Greenlee told the state that he was unemployed when he was not.  He has been charged with one count of state benefit fraud. Greenlee was also charged with misconduct as a result of the fraud charge.  His bond was set at $20,000.
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Shantez Lockett, 35, was another official arrested. She is a dispatcher with the East St. Louis Police Department, and is accused of sending a text message on June 28 to fugitive Maurice Williams to warn him that officers were on their way to apprehend him. She was charged with aiding a fugitive, obstructing justice and obstructing a peace officer after she deleted the text message, destroying evidence. Lockett's bond is currently set at $20,000.
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Former Fairview Heights Police Officer Tina Presson is also facing charges for official misconduct and theft. She’s accused of stealing a cell phone from an AT&T kiosk in 2008. Her bail is set at $20,000.
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Another officer arrested was Sean Harris with the Belleville Police Department. He allegedly attacked a man during a call on June 14. A Belleville couple was getting threatening phone calls and called police for assistance.  They claim Officer Sean Harris came to their home, but refused to file a report.  When the couple asked for the name of the Harris' supervisor, they say he went into a rage and became violent.

The victim's wife said Officer Harris attacked her husband.  The officer "grabbed him by the neck and threw him down on his back on the brick sidewalk," she said.

The victim, Mark Bush, said he remembers falling and waking up with no feeling.  He said the force of getting thrown to the ground caused him to have an epileptic seizure.  Bush was rushed to a hospital where he was treated, also for scrapes and bruises.  An x-ray was taken, which he says shows two bone chips that broke off his pelvis.

After investigation, Officer Harris was charged with one count battery class A misdemeanor and one count official misconduct class 4 felony stemming from the battery.

Bail was set at $20,000. Officer Harris was processed and posted bond on the warrant. He will remain assigned to inside station duty pending the disposition of the case.

The chief said the complaint was the first formal complaint against the officer.  He has been on the force for five years. 
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Jeffrey Waters from Washington Park was also arrested in the roundup. More information surrounding his arrest will be provided as it becomes available. 

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Beverly Miles, a police officer in East St. Louis, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with Official Misconduct and State Benefits Fraud.  Authorities said she collected unemployment benefits from the state when she was employed with the department in 2010. 
 
Miles' mug shot has not been released and more information regarding her arrest will be provided as it becomes available.

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