DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state trooper is on trial for allegedly bribing a police officer to ticket his former girlfriend.
Jurors in Vermilion County on Monday heard 2014 recordings of 46-year-old trooper Keith Lumsargis telling a Tilton police officer where and when his ex-girlfriend would be driving. The trooper is accused of offering a steak dinner in exchange for helping him get back at the woman for breaking up with him.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the trooper’s attorney has told jurors they must decide whether the recordings meet the legal definition for bribery and misconduct. The trooper has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors say officer Ryan Schull became alarmed as the trooper grew more insistent. He reported the pressure to his supervisor who got Illinois State Police investigators involved.