Updated: Trooper charged with bribery, misconduct

DANVILLE — An Illinois state trooper has been charged with bribery and official misconduct for allegedly offering to buy another police officer dinner in exchange for giving his ex-girlfriend a ticket, according to a complaint filed Friday in Vermilion County Circuit Court.

Keith Lumsargis, a 13-year veteran of the state police, was charged with two counts of bribery, a Class 2 felony, and two counts of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony, according to Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar.

His bond was set at $100,000, and his preliminary hearing is set for June 5 at 2:30 p.m. Lumsargis posted bond and was released from the Vermilion County jail on Friday.

Brinegar said Lumsargis was arrested Thursday night in Vermilion County by state police but would not disclose exactly where or under what circumstances and would not provide any other details about the case against Lumsargis, 44, who lives in Westville.

According to court documents filed by Brinegar's office, Lumsargis allegedly promised on May 16 to buy Tilton Police Officer Ryan Schull a steak dinner in exchange for issuing Lumsargis' ex-girlfriend, Mary Bailey, a traffic citation, and on May 22, Lumsargis again offered to buy Schull a dinner when Schull had previously indicated he had issued the ex-girlfriend a ticket.

A call to state police seeking comment on the charges was not returned, but the state agency issued a news release Friday stating that Lumsargis was taken into custody without incident after an investigation by the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation. The division received a complaint and acted immediately by launching an internal investigation into the matter, the news release stated.

Lumsargis was relieved of duty, pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings, according to state police.

ISP Director Hiram Grau said through a statement in the news release that abuse of law enforcement authority will not be tolerated, and no police officer is above the law.

"This officer abused his authority but is not a reflection of the hard working men and women of this agency who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve the public and Illinois communities." Grau said.

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 24, 2014 at 2:05 am
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So Officer Schull reported the bribery attempt?  Bad news for him.....he's gonna be getting the silent treatment from his fellow officers for a while.  I hope he doesn't need backup soon.....

Rickenbacker II wrote on May 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

That's not a bribe,Lum was offering him a reward for doing his job,you see someone breaking the law including my ex-wife(I don't want any favors) ,the steaks on me.This was taken out of context.Oh to,it's looks like Lum is tried and convicted before his trial!Way to go America!

bern54 wrote on May 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Absolutely ridiculious.  What else can I say. 

 

SkyKing wrote on May 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

I fail to see how this is a criminal offense.  I can see that this is unprofessional.  What ever happened to someone saying; NO, I won't do that.   I guess I  will wait and see how this plays out in court, can they find 12 jurors to find him guilty of two felonies?

yates wrote on May 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

If I read this article right, it said Mr Schull did give the troopers g.f. a ticket. Maybe he was just pissed he didn't get the steak dinner or something. This seems somewhat silly and surely not felony worthy.

Danno wrote on May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Agree. Unprofessional. Though not worthy, according to what I did not read, of a Felony, I just scanned 'Most Commented Posts.' I got hung up on the Survey Question: "Which of these drugs have you taken in the last year? Adderall, Zantac, Xanax, Ultram or None of the Above." Perhaps, someone is taking 'All of theAbove.'