A local police officer has been charged with official misconduct and theft. According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department press release, the charges against 52-year-old Thomas Bennett of Seaton stem from his role with the City of Keithsburg and allegedly receiving compensation for hours he did not actually work. Illinois State Police is handling the investigation, which began July 5. Bennett was arrested Thursday and posted ten-percent of his $25,000 bond.
In addition to working as a Keithsburg Police Officer, Bennett was also employed as a Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy. He has resigned from both positions.
Sheriff Dusty Terrill says he and his staff are reviewing Bennett’s activities during the course of his employment with the sheriff’s office.