3 former Choate employees indicted on misconduct charges; 1 remains at large
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3 former Choate employees indicted on misconduct charges; 1 remains at large

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Sheri Fish and Cody Barger

Sheri L. Fish, left, and Cody C. Barger

JONESBORO — The Illinois State Police said in a news release Friday that three former employees of the Choate Mental Health and Development Center in Anna were indicted days ago on official misconduct charges related to allegations of abuse of mental health patients.

Two of the accused have been arrested, and one, a Goreville man, remains at large.

According to the news release, ISP responded to Choate on March 22, 2018 to investigate allegations that mental health patients were being abused there. Following their investigation, a Union County Grand Jury on Jan. 6 handed down indictments officially charging Sheri L. Fish, 49, of Sherman, Illinois; Cody A. Barger, 25, of Grantsburg; and Jonathan C. Lingle, 29, of Goreville.

Fish is charged with one count of official misconduct, and is being held in the Sangamon County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Barger is charged with two counts of official misconduct and two counts of obstruction of justice, and is being held in the Union County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Warrants have been issued for Lingle, charging him with one count of official misconduct and one count of obstruction of justice. Lingle remains at large. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation Collinsville office at 618-346-3500.

ISP said the case has been turned over to the Union County State's Attorney for prosecution, and that they did not plan to release any more information.

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