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4 corrections officers at same prison face charges

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Shawna Barton (Source: St. Francois County Jail) Shawna Barton (Source: St. Francois County Jail)
Jerry Morgan (Source: St. Francois County Jail) Jerry Morgan (Source: St. Francois County Jail)
David Shipley (Source: St. Francois County Jail) David Shipley (Source: St. Francois County Jail)
Charles Thomas (Source: VineLink--Ste Genevieve County Jail) Charles Thomas (Source: VineLink--Ste Genevieve County Jail)

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 (http://bit.ly/1jgJTuC ) 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, http://dailyjournalonline.com

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