COLLINSVILLE – The Illinois State Police confirmed the arrest of an ISP state trooper on Tuesday, April 15, in Collinsville.
The trooper, a 7-year veteran of the department, was taken into custody without incident.
“The Illinois State Police take this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said. “The action of one officer is not a reflection of the hard-working men and women of this agency who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve the public and Illinois communities.”
The ISP Division of Internal Investigation acted immediately by launching an internal investigation into the matter and relieved the trooper of duty pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings. The investigation remains ongoing and the department is working with the St. Clair State’s Attorney’s Office.
St. Clair State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly added that the ISP acted swiftly.
“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,” Kelly said.
According to a published report, trooper Corey Alberson, 32, of Swansea, allegedly stopped a motorist in East St. Louis in January 2013 and pulled down the motorist’s pants without his consent. Alberson is charged with aggravated battery.