New criminal charges filed against suspended Ohio sheriff


WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A suspended Ohio sheriff was charged Friday with multiple felonies, including a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, part of an ongoing investigation dating back more than a year.

The charges filed by a Pike County grand jury Friday against suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader update a series of charges filed against him last year, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

The 18 new charges include felony counts of theft in office, tampering with evidence, theft, securing writings by deception and misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest. Jim Boulger, Reader’s attorney, said Friday heA message was left Friday with Reader’s attorney seeking comment.

In November, Reader pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of making a false statement to the Ohio Ethics Commission. He is accused of failing to report $7,500 in loans and gifts on a financial disclosure statement.

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