A former East St. Louis police officer faces up to five years in federal prison now that he's admitted to lying to investigators about an alleged on-duty sexual encounter.
Ramone Carpenter, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to two counts of making false statements to federal authorities.
Carpenter was indicted in July, with federal prosecutors saying he lied to investigators about claims that he received oral sex from a woman during a traffic stop.
Authorities say the motorist was intoxicated and without a driver's license or insurance when she was driven to a park after the stop. Investigators say she believed she had to carry out the sex act with Carpenter to avoid jail.
Carpenter's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.