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Illinois Trooper Charged After Alleged Strip Search

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois State Trooper has been charged here with felony aggravated battery over an alleged strip search of a man last year in East St. Louis.

Corey A. Alberson, 32, of Swansea, was arrested by fellow troopers on Tuesday and charged that day in St. Clair County Circuit Court. He was released after posting $20,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege that Alberson assaulted Anthony Campell on Jan. 24, 2013 on North 9th Street during a traffic stop.

According to charging documents, Alberson "made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature" when he allegedly pulled down Campbell's pants without his consent and "examined with a flashlight the naked buttocks" of Campbell.

Campbell was not charged.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the state police said Alberson, a seven-year veteran of the department, was arrested following an internal investigation and relieved of duty pending outcome of the charges.

"The Illinois State Police takes this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level," ISP Director Hiram Grau said in the statement.

Paul Hampel covers Illinois for the Post-Dispatch.

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