Deputy's felony theft case moved to Butler County

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oregon County Circuit Court Judge David Paul Evans granted a change of venue Monday, Aug. 1, for an Oregon County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing and selling tools and other goods totaling more than $15,000 last year.

The case against former deputy Dophes "Gene" Barton, 47, will be heard in Butler County. A court date has not yet been set.

Barton has been free on $30,000 bond since shortly after his arrest, following an undercover sting in January.

He is represented by defense attorney Devin Kirby of Doniphan.

A request for a judicial assignment has been mailed to the Supreme Court.

Barton, a 15-year-veteran of the sheriff's department, was charged with four felony counts each of burglary and theft from Oregon County homes and businesses.

He is accused of stealing tools, an all-terrain vehicle, a welder, generators and several chain saws from August to December 2010.

Barton, of rural Alton, is the son of former Alton Police Chief Michael Barton.

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  • What an Idiot. Law enforcement....the people who put your butt in jail for not likeing them.

    -- Posted by Basser on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 11:47 AM
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