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St. Charles deputy guilty of crime at meth raid

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 10:13 a.m. CDT; updated 4:34 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 2, 2012

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo.— A St. Charles County deputy faces sentencing in October after being found guilty of several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid.

Christopher Hunt was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and property damage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury delivered the guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Hunt was among St. Charles County officers responding to a meth lab in neighboring Montgomery County in 2009.

Prosecutor Nicole Volkert said Hunt was not working but showed up because he had a grudge against suspect Phillip Alberternst and wanted to beat him. Defense attorney Joseph McCulloch argued that Alberternst resisted arrest.

St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer says the case could have a chilling effect on the working relationship between the two counties.


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