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Former prison employee facing sodomy charges dies; motion to withdraw case filed

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:31:17 PM CST   Updated On: Oct 28 2013 02:10:39 PM CDT

A former Medical Center for Federal Prisoners employee behind bars awaiting trial on sodomy charges has died.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson filed a request for dismissal in the case against Antonio D. Alburquerque, 56, who was charged with 19 counts of sodomy after what officials called a repeated pattern of abuse against two boys.

The request for dismissal, dated Oct. 24, 2013, states that Alburquerque has died, but doesn't say when. The motion asks that the case be dismissed and any warrants in the case recalled.

Alburquerque was accused in June 2012 of repeated sexual contact with the two boys -- one from when he was six years old to the time he turned 15, and the other from when he was 10 until he turned 15 -- at a home in Springfield. The acts occurred in the time frame from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.

Alburquerque had worked for the Federal Center for Medical Prisoners since 1992 as a physician's assistant. The original charges against Alburquerque were filed June 15 in Greene County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Alburquerque also engaged in inappropriate behavior with a young female as well. He had also been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for child pornography.