Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has filed two sets of criminal charges against Mississippi County Sheriff Cory A. Hutcheson. The first complaint charges that Hutcheson committed seven counts of forgery, seven counts of tampering with computer data, and one count of notary misconduct. The second complaint charges that Hutcheson, on a separate occasion, committed one count of second-degree assault, one count of first-degree robbery, and one count of false declaration. The cases were investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Attorney General’s Office requested the charges and the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case.
The first complaint alleges that Hutcheson used his position as a sheriff’s deputy to illegally “ping” the cell phones of several members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the former Mississippi county sheriff, and Circuit Judge David Dolan.
The second complaint alleges that Hutcheson, while in uniform, handcuffed a seventy-seven-year-old woman with enough force that she suffered a heart attack. The woman was discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for three days. Hutcheson is alleged to have handcuffed the woman because of a civil dispute with one of Hutcheson’s family members. Hutcheson is also alleged to have issued a false probable cause statement, claiming that the 77-year-old woman kidnapped and assaulted his family member.
Attorney General Hawley reminds the public that the charges against Hutcheson are merely accusations and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.