Attorney weighs in on Bonynge resignation

Robert Blackford/Editor

Blaise Rogers of the law firm of Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC has issued a press release Jan. 9, declaring that its client, Steven Bonynge, resigned as a police officer from the City of Aledo as "a direct result of administrative mismanagement by the Aledo Police Department, a reckless disregard for his personal and professional integrity, as well as his rights in the criminal justice system."

Bonynge was arrested by the Illinois State Police Dec. 12.

The release also states: "Mr. Bonynge has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a young lady who was allegedly slightly under the age of 17. The accusations do not include the use of force, threat, intimidation, or coercion. Mr. Bonynge has been reluctant to address the media due to his respect for the criminal justice system and the ongoing investigation, but the flood of rumors and misinformation has made it necessary."

The release also states: "A rush to judgment based on reckless dissemination of information does not serve the interests of the citizens of Mercer County. Mr. Bonynge respectfully requests that the public reserve judgment until he has had his day in court and all of the facts are presented in this matter."

The City of Aledo has issued a statement noting: "In accepting the resignation letter, we did not agree with the erroneous/false claims found in the letter of resignation."

See 'Mayor accepts resignation...' here: http://www.aledotimesrecord.com/article/20150108/NEWS/150109542

See also 'Bonynge forced out' here: http://www.aledotimesrecord.com/article/20150109/NEWS/150109425