- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern 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.

The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/QpOBc9 ) 32-year-old Cory Alberson was released on $20,000 bail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Alberson pulled down a man’s pants during a traffic stop in January in East St. Louis without the driver’s consent. He was never charged.

In a statement Wednesday, ISP Director Hiram Grau says the agency is taking “this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level.”

An ISP spokeswoman says Alberson has been relieved of duty.

Alberson’s lawyer says the Swansea man denies any wrongdoing and plans to fight the charge in court.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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