Caseyville Police Chief Charged with Official Misconduct

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — The police chief in Caseyville has been charged with two counts of official misconduct.

Chief J.D. Roth is accused of using a gray 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck which was seized by police for his personal use. Records show Roth drove the truck $65,000 miles and charged the village more than $6,000 for maintenance.

State law requires that vehicles seized by police be sold at auction for the benefit of the public, unless they are registered by the department and restricted to official use.

Roth is also accused of using luggage purchased by the Village for personal use.

Caseyville Mayor George Chance put Roth on paid leave in March after receiving a letter from St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, who asked that Roth not be involved in police investigations or have access to evidence or village computer records while the investigation is under way.

Roth turned himself in without incident Wednesday.

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