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June 13, 2024

Paris Police Sergeant Demoted To Patrol Officer – Conduct Unbecoming An Officer –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 4, 2021

Paris, IL. (ECWd) –

Last month, after submitting a public records request, we received the disciplinary records of Paris Police Sergeant Phillip Kohlenberg, who was disciplined without formal adjudication, demoted to Patrolman and given 5 days off without pay.

On October 28, 2020, Kohlenberg was placed on “paid investigatory suspension regarding a complaint of an alleged inappropriate, sexual in nature, a conversation he had with a child between the dates of April 2020 through Sep 2020, being in violation of the Paris Police Department’s ethics policy, conduct unbecoming an officer.”

On Dec 16, 2020, a report of investigation was submitted By the Chief of Police detailing parts of the investigation, which can be read in its entirety (here) or below – we redacted more than what the police department redacted in order to further protect the minor’s identification.

From the Investigative records provided:

  • allegations were reported of inappropriate messaging with a minor female
  • additional allegations of inappropriate conduct and comments in the presence of a dispatcher
  • Illinois State Police conducted the investigation
  • Appellate Prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges
  • Discipline was imposed of a demotion to patrolman and 5 days off without pay

Read the report in its entirety below or by clicking this link (here).



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1 Comment
  • Greg
    Posted at 19:23h, 07 April Reply

    This you know Edgar County!!

    5 day suspension then back at it !

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