Kane Coroner indicted for misconduct

By on May 20, 2010

Kane County—A Kane County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Kane County Coroner Chuck West on five counts of official misconduct, each a Class 3 felony.

According to the indictment, West, while performing his official duties as coronoer, failed to dispose of the personal property of a deceased individual—a Magnavox 24-inch TV/DVD/VCR. The indictment states that West allowed the TV to be taken and possessed by another person and not disposed of as required by Illinois law. Additionally, the indictment includes the act of theft, “in that he or one for whose conduct he is legally accountable knowingly exerted control over property of the heirs and estate of (the deceased),” according to a press release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

After the indictment, a judge issued a summons ordering West to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 27.

Charges against West are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial. It is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor.