An Alton police officer has been charged with Official Misconduct by a Madison County Grand Jury. 37-year-old Johnathan K. Forrler is accused of destroying evidence from pending criminal cases. The destruction of evidence was discovered over the summer.
If convicted, Forrler could face a punishment ranging from probation to 2-5 years in prison. The charges allege Forrler destroyed forensic evidence in a misdemeanor sexual abuse case that was still pending at the time.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says the motivation for the alleged wrongdoing is a mystery.
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As the investigation proceeded, Gibbons’ office filed notice in 130 criminal cases, advising defendants and their attorneys of the destruction of evidence in their cases. The Illinois State police and FBI assisted the Madison County State’s Attorney in the investigation.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker released the following statement today regarding the indictment of Alton Police Officer Jonathon Forrler resulting from an investigation into the destruction of evidence at the Alton Police Department earlier this year:
The City of Alton and the Alton Police Department have worked closely with county, state, and federal officials during the course of the investigation into the destruction of evidence at the Alton Police Department.
The Police Department is currently conducting an internal investigation of this serious incident and the City of Alton will take all appropriate corrective action to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.
It is important to understand that individual actions do not reflect on the entire Police Department, and I remain confident in the Department’s ability to protect our City.