Authorities mum on details of probe into former Vermilion County prosecutor

Authorities mum on details of probe into former Vermilion County prosecutor

DANVILLE — Authorities remain tight-lipped about a state and federal investigation into the actions of a former Vermilion County assistant prosecutor.

However, circuit court documents reveal that the attorney, Aadam Alikhan, is being investigated for official misconduct and obstructing justice.

In an order regarding Illinois versus Alikhan, Circuit Judge Tom O'Shaughnessy granted a request by the state's attorney's office for the appointment of a special prosecutor in an investigation being conducted by the Illinois State Police and FBI.

In addition to avoiding a conflict of interest, the order states "the subject matter of this case involves the investigation for the offense of official misconduct and obstructing justice crimes."

Official misconduct is a Class 3 felony, punishable by probation or two to five years in prison. Obstruction of justice is a Class 4 felony, punishable by probation or one to three years in prison.

The order also requested that the Illinois attorney general's office appoint a special prosecutor in the matter.

Alikhan, 37, of Danville has not been arrested or charged with any crime.

The state and federal agencies launched an investigation into the actions of the employee in the state's attorney's office in August.

Lt. Matt Boerwinkle, the Illinois State Police spokesman, said the case is still open and has been referred to the attorney general's Public Integrity Unit.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said she was notified of the investigation on Aug. 13, and upon further investigation, she contacted the U.S. attorney's office to notify it of the information that was discovered.

Lacy declined to name the employee then and on Tuesday because the investigation is ongoing. She would only say the employee was an attorney and had been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

The employee has since resigned.