Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader indicted on 16 charges, including felony theft in office

Charles Reader was indicted Friday on more than a dozen charges stemming from allegations that the Pike County sheriff stole cash seized from cases handled by his office.

Reader faces eight felonies and eight misdemeanors.

Reader was accused in November of stealing cash seized from drug cases handled by the sheriff's office to fund a gambling problem. An anonymous source made the allegation in a complaint that was forwarded to the Ohio Auditor’s Office.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk requested a special prosecutor in Reader's case, which was investigated by the Ohio Auditor of State’s Special Investigations Unit, Junk said last month amid a dispute with Reader on Facebook.

Reader lamented then past cuts to his staff and budget cuts to the sheriff's office.

He later removed the posts and issued a follow-up statement that read, in part:

"This is nothing more than a political witch hunt, where the prosecutor is attempting to do everything in his power to 'sink my boat,' " Reader wrote.

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