PEORIA — A grand jury has indicted a Peoria County sheriff's deputy for illegally possessing anabolic steroids with the intent to distribute them.

Sheriff Brian Asbell announced that an indictment warrant for Adam A. King, 37, was issued by a Peoria County grand jury on Tuesday. King has been a deputy for two years, the sheriff said.

King faces charges of possession of testosterone cypionate with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $5,000, meaning he had to post $500 to get out of the Peoria County Jail. He voluntarily surrendered himself and he was subsequently released from custody after posting bond.

He was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 22 after a police report was filed with the Peoria Police Department regarding allegations of suspected criminal off-duty conduct. The Illinois State Police was requested by Asbell to conduct an investigation on allegations.

According to the indictment, he allegedly had the substances from Feb. 22, 2018, to Feb. 22, 2019. Possession with intent to deliver means that the substance, in this case the steroids, was packaged in such a way that police believe he was planning to sell or to distribute it.

King remains on administrative leave status; however, an internal investigation is on-going, which is separate from the criminal investigation.

If convicted, King faces up to five years in prison. He is also eligible for probation. Any conviction would likely end his career in law enforcement. He is scheduled to next appear in court on June 6 to be arraigned on the charges.

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