Jackson man one of three bondsmen accused of abusing suspect

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 ~ Updated 2:48 PM

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities are accusing three Missouri bail bondsmen of picking up a man who skipped out on bail, then wiping pepper spray on his genitals.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sean Baker of Festus, Kevin Ritrovato of Arnold and Shawn Boyer of Jackson are charged with felony restraint and misdemeanor assault. All three work for F&N Bail Bonds in Festus.

The owner of the bonding company and her attorney declined comment. An attorney for Baker said the allegations were from a "less than credible" source.

Authorities say the bondsmen picked up a man on June 5 in St. Louis for a probation violation and jumping bail on a Jefferson County theft charge. He owed the bondsmen $225.

Authorities allege the bondsmen handcuffed the man and rubbed pepper spray under his eyes and onto his genitals.

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