March 12, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that former Deputy Sheriff Dolphes Eugene Barton of Alton, Missouri, in Oregon County, has pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and four counts of stealing for crimes he committed while serving as a deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department. His guilty plea was entered in Butler County March 6 after a change of venue from Oregon County.
Koster said that between August 13, 2010, and December 12, 2010, Barton broke into four Oregon County buildings: a barn leased by deer hunters, a private workshop, Brad’s Bike Shop, and a Missouri Department of Transportation shed. Barton stole tools and equipment, including a four-wheeler, generators, chain saws, and hammer drills. Many of the stolen items were later located at Barton’s house during the execution of a search warrant.
“Missourians hold their law enforcement officials in the highest regard,” Koster said, “and the vast majority of them exceed that faith day in and day out. It is disappointing to discover that an officer of the law breached the public trust by engaging in criminal activities. Mr. Barton has admitted his guilt and now will face his punishment as would any other citizen.”
Barton will be sentenced May 15.
Koster said the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office conducted the initial investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Elizabeth Bock and Joshua Harrell prosecuted the case.