St. Louis Metropolitan police are investigating the egregious actions a civilian employee in the department allegedly took -- including sexual assaults and drive-by shootings -- to control and manipulate a man who first came into his care as a teenage boy.
SLMPD Michael Cornell, 28.
Michael Cornell, 28, of the 1500 block of Sells Avenue, is in jail facing four counts of forcible sodomy, one count of impersonating a police officer, four counts of deviate sexual assault and one count of third-degree assault. But as the police investigation continues, allegations against Cornell could lead to a variety of other charges, including child pornography, misuse of a law-enforcement database and weapons offenses.
Cornell joined the St. Louis police academy in December 2007, apparently following in the footsteps of family members, but was terminated after four months. He was hired three months later as a civilian employee with the unit that processes suspects into jail.More »