Pike Sheriff Accused of Ethics Violation


(24/7 News) -- The Pike County Sheriff is facing an ethics charge to go with his already facing multiple felonies. Sheriff Charles Reader pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of making a false statement to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

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Reader announced Friday he's planning to run as an independent candidate for sheriff next year.

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Reader, who is suspended, was indicted 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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