(KMOV.com) – An Alorton police officer is facing charges after he allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck.
William Miller, 63, has been charged with domestic battery. The Alorton Police Department recently placed him on unpaid leave.
Miller has been accused of domestic violence in the past. He has been charged with domestic battery on multiple occasions and was charged with first degree murder in 1992. All of the charges were dropped.
News 4 asked several Metro East officials why Miller was hired even though he had been accused of committing serious crimes.
“My administration did not hire him, he was here when I arrived,” Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed said. “I'm not necessarily certain to how he was hired and pretty much the criteria, but he was here and already working.”
St. Clair County Prosecutor Brendan Kelly provided a different explanation.
“As a result of those charges not resulting in a conviction, he was still able to be employed as a police officer,” Kelly said.
Kelly told News 4 Miller will be fired from the police force if he is convicted of the current charges.
News 4’s Cory Stark tracked down Miller at the Alorton Fire Department Wednesday, but Miller refused to comment on the accusations.