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Sheriff facing theft in office charges has no plans to quit

July 2, 2019 GMT

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff has pleaded not guilty to charges including theft in office and evidence-tampering after authorities looked into a complaint accusing him of stealing money that had been seized in drug cases.

A judge said Tuesday that Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader will be allowed to remain free on bond but told him he’s not allowed to have contact with witnesses in the case.

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s (FAY’-burz) office is handling the case and has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to suspend the sheriff.

A spokesman for the sheriff said Tuesday that Reader has no plans to step down and will fight any attempts to force him out.


The state’s attorney general also has called for the sheriff to be removed from office.