Former East St. Louis Officer Sentenced For Civil Rights Violation
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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KMOX) – A former East St. Louis police officer was sentenced Thursday for making false statements to federal investigators following a May, 2012 case in which officers allegedly sexually assaulted a suspect.
Ramon Carpenter, 40, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, ordered to pay $600 in fines, and ordered to serve two years of supervised release following his prison sentence. He pleaded guilty in September, 2012.
The saga began on May 8, 2012 when a female driver was stopped by two East St. Louis police officers while driving home from buying liquor around 2:45 in the morning. The uninsured driver was stopped by police, found to be under the influence of alcohol, and found to be in possession of an open container of alcohol. At that time, prosecutors alleged that Carpenter groped the suspect, claiming to be searching for illegal items.
According to a statement by U.S. Attorney Stephen Wiggington, the officers then followed the suspect back to her apartment. Once there, the three officers found she had left four young children – ages 10, 9, 8, and 1 – alone in the apartment. The suspect feared the Department of Children and Family Services would be notified but, instead, Carpenter ordered the suspect into his police car and drover her to an isolated area. Once there, prosecutors alleged that Carpenter coerced the suspect into performing oral sex on him before returning her to her home.
The female suspect arrived at the police station the next morning to complain. Federal agents later interviewed Carpenter and prosecutors claim he falsely denied being with the victim and receiving oral sex.
“Ramon Carpenter’s outrageous conduct constituted a gross violation of the civil rights of the victim, and further served to undermine public confidence in an agency that is charged with ensuring the safety of the community,” Wiggington said in a press release.