Deputy's felony theft case moved to Butler County
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.