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Illinois State Police Arrest Hancock County Jail Employee on Sex Charge

Oct 14, 2019

A now former employee of the Hancock County Jail is in custody. The Illinois State Police on Friday arrested Cory Hamelton, 35, of Carthage and charged him with Custodial Sexual Misconduct.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger announced Hamelton's arrest in a news release Monday. Bentzinger said he asked the ISP to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct between Hamelton and a female inmate.

Hamelton is being held in the McDonough County Jail on $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is October 24.

Bentzinger said Hamelton worked at the jail for about two years and was fired immediately after his arrest.