Three Choate Mental Health Admins Charged With Felonies

Three Choate Mental Health Admins Charged With Felonies

JONESBORO – Three administrators at the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna have been indicted on felony charges.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler E. Tripp announced Monday that Bryant T. Davis, Teresa A. Smith and Gary K. Goins have been charged with one count of Official Misconduct – a Class 3 felony. Smith has also been charged with one count of Obstructing Justice – a Class 4 felony.

Tripp said all are accused of violating Illinois Department of Human Services Investigative Protocol. It is alleged that these violations started a chain of events that impeded an active investigation by Illinois State Police-Division of Internal Investigation of a staff member battering an individual served at the facility. Felony charges are currently pending against that staff as well.

Smith is also accused of making false statements to State Police regarding her access and review of investigative files at Choate.

Davis, Smith and Goins are scheduled for their first appearance in Union County Court on July 19 at 11 a.m.

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