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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

[IL] Police offer "tension" excuse for arrested Officer Stocke

...STOCKE WASN'T ARRESTED BY PEKIN POLICE UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING, AFTER BEING ALLOWED TO FINISH HIS SHIFT... POLICE SAID THERE WAS A LOT OF TENSION IN THE HOUSE THAT NIGHT BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL ISSUES...

TAZEWELL JAILER FACES
BATTERY CHARGE

Pekin Daily Times
October 24, 2007
A correctional officer with the Tazewell County Jail was arrested last week for allegedly breaking his 12-year-old son's wrist after throwing the boy into kitchen cabinets and then onto the floor. Jeffrey M. Stocke, 36, of Pekin grabbed the boy by the arm and began swinging him into the kitchen cabinets... The boy was taken to Pekin Hospital for his injury that night, but Stocke wasn't arrested by Pekin police until the next morning, after being allowed to finish his shift... After throwing the boy to the floor, Stocke twisted his arm behind his back, straddled him and raised his fist as though to punch the boy before his mother intervened... Police said there was a lot of tension in the house that night because of financial issues.... [Tazewell County Sheriff Bob] Huston said he will review the interview transcripts to make a determination on discipline.... he was released from jail Oct. 17 after posting $500. He faces one misdemeanor count of domestic battery... Stocke was convicted of driving under the influence in 1994, convicted of giving alcohol to a minor in 1996, had an order of protection filed against him in 2004 and has had numerous driving-related violations. An order of protection was filed against him Oct. 17 by the boy's mother, who filed for divorce Monday. (Full article)

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  1. Officer suspended after battery arrest
    Tazewell County Jail employee accused in assault of 12-year-old stepson
    Journal Star
    KEVIN SAMPIER
    Saturday, October 27, 2007
    A Tazewell County Jail correctional officer has been suspended without pay for allegedly attacking his stepson, and his disciplinary case has been referred to the sheriff's merit commission. Jeffrey M. Stocke, 36, of Pekin was taken off paid administrative leave and suspended without pay Thursday after an internal investigation by the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Bob Huston said Friday. "Officer Stocke really has been a good employee since 1999," Huston said. "No one is happy to see this occur, but the charges against him are serious"... After throwing the boy to the floor, Stocke twisted his arm behind his back, straddled him and raised his fist as though to punch the boy before his mother intervened, according to court records and police reports. Huston said the boy's wrist was thought to be broken, but that was not the case. "Initially, it was reported broken, but I've been told verbally it was not," Huston said... Stocke faces one misdemeanor count of domestic battery in Tazewell County Circuit Court, but further disciplinary action regarding his employment with the Sheriff's Department will be handled by the merit commission, Huston said. The commission reviews cases of alleged misconduct by department employees and makes recommendations on discipline. Huston said the commission has only reviewed three disciplinary cases during the past nine years, which includes the ongoing case involving Deputy Jeff Bass. Huston has said Bass neglected his patrol duties. Bass has denied those allegations... "In the past, everyone facing potential termination resigned instead of facing a hearing," Huston said... Stocke was found guilty and received court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1994 and was convicted of giving alcohol to a minor in 1996. Stocke's bond was set at $5,000, and he was released from jail Oct. 17 after posting $500...
    http://www.pjstar.com/stories/102707/TRI_BEOL5DJJ.007.php

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