4 corrections officers at same prison face charges

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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) _  Four former corrections officers at an eastern Missouri prison are facing criminal charges _ three are accused of abusing inmates and one for alleged sexual contact with a convicted killer.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri  reported Thursday that all four cases stem from separate investigations at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Bonne Terre. All four were charged in June.

Charged with inmate abuse are 36-year-old David Shipley of Farmington, 58-year-old Charles Thomas of Ste. Genevieve, and 39-year-old Jerry Morgan of De Soto.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Shawna Barton is accused of sexual contact with a man serving time for second-degree murder.

Shipley’s attorney says he is confidence he will be exonerated. Thomas, Morgan and Barton do not have listed attorneys.
Information from: Daily Journal


    • rose

      CIT, As far as the abuse charges, the public is not being told the whole story, just one side. May have been some excessive force, but they won’t tell you what elevated things to that point. Safetey and security for everyone first.

  • Charley

    Well it is a maximum security prison, which to me means the worst of the criminal population. I am sure that they have to handle these prisoners with a bit more force due to the severity of their crimes, so the inmates call foul and abuse. If you end up at a facility like that, you are most likely to be more violent than others. The prisoners got what they deserved for committing the crimes they did that landed them in that facility in the first place. Let them take the punishment that goes along with it.

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