Sheriff back on job despite facing 18 charges

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The 33-year-old was briefly jailed before being released on $75,000 bond. The FBI and Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Wednesday.

County Coroner Terry Parker, who was briefly acting sheriff, confirmed that Hutcheson retook control of the department once he got out of jail. A message seeking comment from Hutcheson was not returned.

In this undated photo, Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson sits behind his desk at the Mississippi County Detention Center in Charleston, Mo. (Leonna Heuring/Standard via AP)

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ST. LOUIS — A Missouri sheriff is back in office despite his arrest on 18 counts, including an allegation that he handcuffed a 77-year-old woman with so much force that she suffered a heart attack.

Parker said Hutcheson will remain in charge unless the Missouri attorney general’s office successfully petitions a court to remove him. It wasn’t clear whether that effort was underway. A message seeking comment from the attorney general’s office was not immediately returned.