Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 5th, 2019
Pursuant to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader alleged indictment of 16 criminal charges on Tuesday July 2nd, 2019, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is monotonous on remove Reader from office.
On Tuesday Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Auditor of State Keith Faber top state officials are calling for his removal. Accordingly, Yost had this to say; “Reader’s removal will have no effect whatsoever on Ohio’s ability to prosecute the defendants” charged with killing the Rhoden family members three years ago.”
However, as expected, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader who is facing 16 criminal charges and removal from office on Tuesday morning during his arraignment he pleaded not guilty to all 16 criminal charges.
Reportedly, last week in Pike County Common Pleas Court Reader was indicted on (8) eight felonies and (8) eight misdemeanors after a grand jury returned the 16-count indictment.
Subsequently, both Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Auditor of State Keith Faber are unyielding in calling for Reader’s removal.
Allegedly, Reader was accused in back 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.
Furthermore, the indictments detailed the allegations Reader is facing. They includes (4) four counts of theft in office, (3) three of which are fourth-degree felonies and (1) one is a fifth-degree felony
Also, (1) one count each of tampering with evidence and (1) one tampering with records, both third-degree felonies
Additionally, (7) seven counts of conflict of interest which are a first-degree misdemeanor.
Lastly, (1) one count of securing writing by deception, which is a fifth-degree felony
Amidst all these in a statement State Auditor Keith Faber said; “the substance of a year-long investigation into Reader ended with “serious results.”
Faber continued to say; “It is our job to hold public officials accountable and root out fraud, waste, and abuse in our communities. We do not take these charges lightly and recognize that no one is above the law. While this is a major step toward seeking justice, our team is fully prepared to present these findings to a jury as this matter moves forward.”
Apparently, there many twist and turn in this legal anecdote. Chris Martin, a retired, visiting judge who is overseeing the case, has ordered a signature bond in Reader’s case.
Also, he has ordered Reader not to have any contact with witnesses and that he surrender keys related to his position as sheriff.
However, all things been considered, Robert Smith, a special prosecutor assigned to the case, did not oppose the signature bond. Finally, the judge has ordered Reader to refrain from contacting witnesses and discussing the case on social media. This is going to be a big one!