Another Choate Employee Arrested After Battery Investigation

Another Choate Employee Arrested After Battery Investigation

ANNA – Another employee of Choate Mental Health Developmental Center in Anna has been arrested and charged following an Illinois State Police (ISP) investigation into an alleged battery of a resident by a mental health technician at the center.

According to ISP, 57-year-old Teresa Smith of Pulaski could face two to five years behind bars for official misconduct – a Class 3 felony and one to three years behind bars for obstructing justice – a Class 4 felony.

On Feb. 5 of this year, the ISP Division of Internal Investigation were requested by Illinois Department of Human Services staff to investigate the allegation and after a comprehensive, cooperative investigation involving IDHS, and led by ISP, Union County State’s Attorney Daniel Klingemann’s Office issued a summons on Oct. 29 for Smith with a required appearance date of Dec. 4 in Union County.

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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