State’s Attorney: Punishment Justified in Former Deputy Misconduct Case
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is speaking out on this week’s conviction of a deputy sheriff on misconduct charges.
68-year-old Robert Freeman of Griggsville pleaded guilty to a felony count of official misconduct in a case that was moved to St. Clair County on a change of venue.
He’s been ordered to spend a year-and-a-half on probation for a case involving a female prisoner who said she was forced to perform a sex act with Freeman.
In an open letter, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says his office did not initiate the case and never took part in determining what charges and evidence should have been brought against Freeman.
However, Kelly says even though the defendant didn’t receive jail time, he believes his office did resolve the case in a just and significant manner.
Kelly notes that the deputy sheriff was a 68-year-old man with no criminal history, who is now a convicted felon. And he points out that the felony conviction ensures that Freeman can never serve in a law enforcement capacity again.
Kelly concludes by saying that no one is above the law, especially those who have sworn to uphold it.
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