Illinois police officer is accused of tearing up a traffic ticket
in exchange for sex, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The newspaper reported Washington Park, IL, police officer Clennard
E. "Clent" McCorkle allegedly tore up a traffic ticket in exchange
for sex. The accusation was included in a federal indictment filed
in East St. Louis. The complaint accuses McCorkle of violating the
constitutional rights of a female motorist in August 2000 by "causing
her to engage in a sexual act" in exchange for tearing up her ticket.
Apparently, this isn't the first accusation against McCorkle. The
news report referred to a previous arrest of McCorkle in early 2001
by Illinois State Police for improperly voiding a ticket. Upon his
arrest, McCorkle was suspended by Washington Park and charged with
official misconduct in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The case
was dismissed by a judge last month, and prosecutors have appealed.
John O'Gara, McCorkle's attorney, said McCorkle would plead "not
guilty" at his initial court appearance, planned for April 7.
On the federal charges, McCorkle faces up to 10 years in prison
and a $250,000 fine.