5 Choate Mental Health Develop. Center employees arrested for aggravated battery, obstructing justice

5 Choate Mental Health Develop. Center employees arrested for aggravated battery, obstructing justice
From left: Johnny Brimm, Dalton Anderson, Bobby L. Lee, Mathew Wiseman and Kevin Jackson are facing charges in connection to investigations of aggravated battery to residents of Choate Mental Health Development Center. (Source: Illinois State Police)

ANNA, Ill. (KFVS) - Five mental health center employees are facing charges including aggravated battery and obstructing justice.

Bobby L. Lee, 33, of Marion, Ill., and Dalton Anderson, 29, of Jonesboro, Ill., were charged with aggravated battery.

Mathew Wiseman, 28, of Marion, Ill., and Johnny Brimm, 40, of Jonesboro, Ill., were charged with aggravated battery and obstructing justice.

According to Illinois State Police, they were asked on May 18 by the Illinois Department of Human Services to investigate a possible aggravated battery of one of the facility’s residents.

The incident allegedly happened at Choate Mental Health Development Center in Anna, Ill.

Lee, Brimm, Anderson and Wiseman were indicted on September 30.

All four were arrested on October 6. Brimm, Anderson and Wiseman were taken to the Union County Jail. Lee was taking to the Williamson County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Union County.

Their bonds were all set at $30,000.

A fifth man, Kevin Jackson, 38, of Carbondale, was also charged with aggravated battery.

Jackson was also an employee of IDHS at Choate Mental Health Development Center in Anna.

ISP said they were asked on January 23 by IDHS staff to investigate the possible battery to one of the facility’s residents. Jackson was indicted on September 30 in connection to that investigation and arrested on October 6.

He was taken to the Jackson County Jail. His bond was set at $30,000.

“The dedicated men and women of the ISP Division of Internal Investigation are committed to conducting investigations which identify criminal misconduct in state facilities,” said ISP Colonel Jamal Simington. “It is imperative those who reside and work at these institutions are able to enjoy a safe environment which contributes to the best quality of life, free of any wrongdoing.”

This case has been turned over to the Union County State’s Attorney and no additional information is available for release by ISP.

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