BRIEF: Alorton official charged with sneaking phone into jail
ALORTON, Feb 11, 2013 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Village Clerk JoAnn Reed, who also is a candidate for mayor, has been charged with illegally bringing a cellphone into the Alorton jail for a relative who was held there.
Reed is named on two counts each of bringing contraband into a penal institution and official misconduct. Bail was set at $150,000.
Capt. James Morrisey of the Illinois State Police said Reed delivered the phone to her niece, Jennifer Harris, the night of Feb. 3. Harris, 22, of Belleville, was held on a charge of aggravated battery, involving a pregnant woman. Morrisey said Harris used the phone to post updates to social media from her holding cell. A relative of the assault victim alerted Alorton Police to those updates, and authorities confiscated the phone early on Feb. 4.
Harris was charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution.
The state police investigated after Alorton authorities made them aware of what happened, Morrisey said.
Alorton Police Chief Howard Thomas declined comment Monday, citing the fact that the suspect is an elected village official.
Neither Reed nor her attorney, John O'Gara, of Belleville, could be reached.
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