Police employee accused of sexual assault, impersonating an officer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A police department civilian employee is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a cop and sexual assault charges.

According to the St. Louis Police, Michael Cornell, 28, was originally charged with four counts of forcible sodomy and one count  of Impersonating a Police Officer.

An investigation started after a complaint was filed with Internal Affairs in May 2014.

During the investigation, police found evidence of misconduct.  Cornell was arrested and a Grand Jury  indicted him on four additional counts of Deviate Sexual Assault and one count of 3rd Degree Assault.

Chief Sam Dotson said, “Criminal conduct by any employee will not be tolerated. When these
allegations were brought to the Department’s attention, we took immediate action, initiated an
investigation, and moved swiftly to seek justice for the victim and protect the community. We
urge anyone who may have had contact with this individual to call Internal Affairs at 314-444-
5405.”

Cornell joined the department as a civilian processing clerk in the Prisoner Processing Unit in 2008.  Before that,  he was a recruit in training  in August 2007 until he resigned in December 2007.

Cornell is jailed on $150,000.00 cash-only bond.

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