EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An Illinois state trooper is facing a felony aggravated battery charge after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop in East St. Louis.
Cory Alberson, 32, was arrested and charged Tuesday. He was released on $20,000 bail on after he pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Alberson pulled down a man’s pants on N. 9th Street during a traffic stop in January without the man’s consent. The driver was never charged.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police says Alberson has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs division and court proceedings.
“The Illinois State Police take this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.
St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said ISP acted quickly.
“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," he said.
Alberson’s lawyer says the Swansea man denies any wrongdoing and plans to fight the charge in court.