Officer gets probation in Middletown case

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

A Lake St. Louis officer withdrew his prior charge of not guilty on May 22 and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of peace disturbance in a case involving four officers and the suspected beating of a methamphetamine maker.
Dion Wilson’s one year probation includes the need for him to perform 40 hours of community service within one year while receiving 15 consecutive days of unpaid leave from the Lake St. Louis Police Department.
His plea was made at the Audrain County Courthouse last week.
Wilson and three other officers were charged in 2009 after an arrest of Phillip Alberternst of Middletown, Mo. Alberternst was wanted on felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child in Warren County and manufacturing methamphetamine in Lincoln County.
The four officers had teamed with the East Central Drug Task Force but allegedly, on their own, illegally entered the home where Alberternst was staying and used excessive force during the arrest.

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