A former East Moline police officer accused in three Rock Island County criminal cases is set to face trials in December, two and a half years after he was first charged. |
According to a Rock Island County court schedule updated Thursday, Joseph DeCap, 48, is scheduled to appear Dec. 8 at a bench trial before Judge F. Michael Meersman.
The case for which he will be tried accuses him of one count of financial exploitation of the elderly, alleging that he transferred $33,000 from his mother-in-law's bank account into the account he shared with his wife without authorization.
If convicted, the charge carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison.
It is the first of three cases lodged against Mr. DeCap which will go to trial since he was first charged back in March 2012.
Judge Meersman is also scheduled to preside over a second bench trial on Dec. 15 for Mr. DeCap's two other felony cases. He faces five felony counts of official misconduct, accused as a police officer of facilitating the towing of citizen vehicle, then pocketing the sale or salvage profits.
Mr. DeCap was placed on paid administrative leave from the police department in January 2012 and announced his retirement without formal explanation eight months later.
Numerous scheduled trial dates since then have come and gone — A January 2013 date was canceled, as were bench trials set for September 2013 and June 2014.
Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee has said the delays were due to discussions with witnesses and various scheduling conflicts. Mr. DeCap's attorney, Doug Scovil, could not be reached Thursday for comment.
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