Former Police Department Employee Charged with Sodomy, Assault
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A former civilian employee of the St. Louis Police Department is jailed following charges of sodomy and assault.
St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says 28-year-old Michael Cornell touched a male victim inappropriately and even fought off his refusals.
“We believe that the victimization started sometime mid-last year and lasted until about October of last year,” Dotson says.
The victim’s family filed a complaint in May and an investigation was launched by internal affairs. Investigators reportedly found what is described as “an abundance of evidence” which led to a search of his home two weeks ago.
Cornell is also charged with impersonating a police officer.
“When the victim was no longer under Michael Cornell’s control, Michael became upset about it. He went to the victim’s employer, identified himself as a police officer, trying to obtain personal information about the victim to recontact,” Dotson says.
The employer did not comply.
Dotson does not believe there are any other victims.
“For me, I’m disappointed, I’m sad, I’m mad at our employee. The public has to have confidence in its police department,” Dotson says.
Cornell had been a recruit in training in August 2007 but resigned four months later. He was rehired as a civilian processing clerk three months after that.
Cornell is suspended without pay. He was charged earlier this month and indicted Wednesday for deviate sexual assault and third degree assault. He remains jailed on $150,000 cash-only bond.
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