Two Former Choate Employees Arrested for Official Misconduct, One Still Wanted

Two Former Choate Employees Arrested for Official Misconduct, One Still Wanted

ANNA – Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) Agents arrested two former employees of Choate Mental Health and Development Center in Anna for Official Misconduct and other charges this week.

According to a release from ISP, officerrs visited Choate on March 22, 2018 to investigate allegations of the abuse of mental health patients. Following a comprehensive investigation, the Union County Grand Jury issued indictments Jan. 6 for 49-year-old Sheri L. Fish of Sherman, 26-year-old Cody A. Barger of Gransburg, and 29-year-old Johnathan C. Lingle of Goreville.

Fish and Barger, a 25 year old of Grantsburg are in custody.  Fish was transported to the Sangamon County Jail on Jan. 16, held on one count of Official Misconduct with a $25,000, 10% applies bond. Barger was transported to the Union County Jail on Jan. 14, held on two counts of Official Misconduct and two counts of Obstruction of Justice on a $25,000, 10% applies bond.

Lingle has not yet been apprehended, wanted on warrants for one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Obstruction of Justice

Those with information regarding the whereabouts of Lingle should contact the ISP DII Collinsville office at (618) 346-3500.

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

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