By Sanford Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21, 2014
EDWARDSVILLE — A former Wood River police officer charged last August with official misconduct is now facing a lawsuit claiming he used a cell phone number obtained through his job to send sexually suggestive texts to a Wood River woman.
Jeremy J. Elliott, 33, who was accused last year of soliciting sex in exchange for help in a police investigation, is now facing a suit by a different woman who claims he obtained her phone number and sent her suggestive messages over several weeks.
The official misconduct charge is pending.
Another woman, Traci Quigley, has filed suit in circuit court claiming that, on June 2, 2013, Elliott, while a police officer ran her name through a police computer to determine whether she had any outstanding warrants. In the process, he retrieved her personal information, including her cell phone number.
The messages were sent through June 14 of this year, the suit alleges.
Quigley also claims the defendant would drive by her home several times. She claims she would hide her vehicle to prevent him from know she was present.
The suit claims he would also pull over a friend of Quigley for no reason if he saw the friend leaving Quigley’s residence.
The suit names both the city and Elliott as a police officer for the city. She is asking for damages for “severe and extreme emotional distress.”
The suit also claims the city is liable for allegedly failing to have policies and practices preventing use of police equipment for personal use.
The three-count suit is asking for at least $50,000 in each count. The plaintiff is represented by Janel L. Freeman and Edward W. Unsell of East Alton.
Neither defendant could be reached for comment.
Sanford J. Schmidt can be reached at 618-208-6449 or Twitter @SanfordSan.