An Illinois state trooper was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly forcing a man to strip during a traffic stop and using a flashlight to “examine” him, KMOV-TV reported.
32-year-old Cory Alberson pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and was released from jail on a $20,000 bond. State police said he has been relieved of his duties with pay, pending an internal investigation and the case going to court.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the suit against Alberson stems from a January encounter with Anthony Campbell in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Alberson allegedly pulled Campbell’s pants down without his consent, then “visually examined with a flashlight the buttocks of Anthony Campbell while holding his pants down.”
Neither Alberson’s lawyer, John O’Gara, nor Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly told the News-Democrat whether the standard-issue camera in Alberson’s vehicle recorded the traffic stop.
“We will fight this matter in court,” O’Gara was quoted as saying.
Watch KMOV’s report, as aired on Thursday, below.