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Probation For Ex-DCR Workers In Fall River Cloudy Pool Incident

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(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

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FALL RIVER (CBS) – Two former DCR managers reached a plea deal to charges stemming from the investigation into the death of a 36-year-old woman at a cloudy public pool last year in Fall River.

According to terms of the deal, former DCR Regional Director Brian Shanahan and former DCR District Manager Jeff Carter have pleaded to sufficient facts and were sentenced to one year probation. They will not serve time behind bars.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

They were charged with reckless endangerment of a child after a judge overturned a November ruling that cleared them in the case. They were accused of knowingly exposing children to risk by allowing the state-run pool in Fall River to stay open despite its murky water conditions last June.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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Investigators said the pool was too cloudy when Marie Joseph drowned there last June.

The water in the pool was so cloudy that Marie Joseph‘s body wasn’t discovered until two days after she drowned in the pool, despite the fact that the pool was open to the public both days.

Investigators say because of water cloudiness in the days following Joseph’s disappearance, the pool should not have been opened.

Shanahan and Carter were not charged in Joseph’s death.

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