Danville officer faces battery charges

Brian Cornett

Brian Cornett of Tilton, a Danville police officer, faces four misdemeanor charges related to a domestic incident that occurred Thursday.

According to Danville Police Commander Joshua Webb, officers responded at 7:40 p.m. Thursday to the 200 block of Prospect Place in reference to a civil disturbance outside of the American Legion.

Officers learned the disturbance involved an off-duty Danville police officer. To avoid a conflict of interest, the Illinois State Police was asked to assist, according to Webb. State Police conducted the investigation.

Illinois State Police arrested Cornett, a five-year veteran of the department.

Cornett, 39, has been placed on paid administrative leave per Danville Police Department policy pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, according to Webb.

There were no injuries reported.

Vermilion County Circuit court records show Cornett faces charges of domestic battery causing bodily harm and domestic battery including physical contact, both Class A misdemeanors, as well as two counts of assault, both Class C misdemeanors.

Cornett appeared Friday before Judge Derek Girton and entered a plea of not guilty. Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy requested Cornett surrender any firearms he owns along with his firearm owner identification card. Cornett declined a public defender, indicating he would hire his own attorney.

His bond was set at $3,000 at 10 percent, meaning he had to pay $300 to be released from the Vermilion County Public Safety Building.

A pre-trial hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7.