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St. Clair County sheriff's deputy charged with accepting sex for not making arrest

By Record News | Sep 27, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Robert Sneed of Mascoutah, felony suspect in using a badge to gain sexual pleasure, no longer works for St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson. 

“He’s not here any more,” Watson said at his office on Sept. 26. “He had to be interviewed and shortly after that it was time to go.

“I don’t want anybody that doesn’t uphold the Constitution and the law, because they won’t be employed very long.” 

Grand jurors indicted Sneed on Sept. 22, on two counts of official misconduct. 

As a Class 3 felony, the charge carries a sentence of two to five years. 

Grand jurors found that in February, as a deputy sheriff, Sneed accepted a sexual act as a reward for not arresting a woman, towing her car, or writing tickets.

“The person later came forward to the Cahokia police, and the Cahokia police came to me,” Watson said. 

Cahokia detective Joseph Agles signed a complaint on Aug. 31, and associate judge Jan Fiss issued an arrest warrant. 

Sneed pleaded not guilty on Sept. 1, and associate judge William Clay released him on $2,500 cash bond. 

A note by hand on Clay’s order stated that he posted bond in Monroe County. 

On Sept. 12, associate judge Randall Kelley wrote that as a condition of bond, Sneed was to have no contact with the victim by any means until further order.

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