Ethics charges filed against suspended county sheriff in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state ethics charge has been filed against a county sheriff in Ohio already facing multiple felonies.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader has 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.

Reader said in a statement that “politics do not belong in law enforcement.” He announced Friday he’s planning to run as an independent candidate for sheriff next year.

Reader, who is suspended, was indicted in Pike County in June on charges that include theft in office and tampering with evidence after authorities investigated allegations that he stole confiscated drug money.

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