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East Moline Police Officer Arrested

An East Moline, Illinois police officer was jailed and faces six felony charges in connection with a suspicious car sale and an alleged scheme to exploit money ...
Joseph DeCap

An East Moline, Illinois police officer was jailed and faces six felony charges in connection with a suspicious car sale and an alleged scheme to exploit money from an elderly person.

Joseph DeCap, 46, was arrested at the East Moline Police Department Monday morning, March 26, 2012.

He has been with the East Moline Police Department since 1989.  He was placed in administrative leave January 18, 2012.

Illinois State Police were called to investigate when DeCap was accused of being involved in a suspicious sale of a vehicle in September 2011.

In an unrelated Rock Island Police Department investigation, DeCap allegedly exploited money from an elderly person.

DeCap is charged with five felony counts of official misconduct and one felony count of financial exploitation of the elderly/disabled.    He was held in the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bond.

“The arrest of Officer DeCap is very disappointing. Police officers are expected to hold themselves to the highest moral standards in their professional and personal lives, making this news doubly upsetting. Officer DeCap’s alleged actions should not reflect negatively on the East Moline police officers who work each day to keep East Moline safe,” said a statement from East Moline Police.

The statement said DeCap could also face administrative charges from the East Moline Police Department.