Pike County sheriff accused of pocketing cash from drug busts

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, speaks alongside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, during a news conference. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Pike County sheriff is accused of pocketing cash from drug busts to support a gambling addiction.

An anonymous complaint filed against Sheriff Charles Reader alleges he kept cash from cases in a safe that only he had access. The accuser also told the auditor's office that the sheriff took money from other deputies and owed money to local business owners.

The Pike County prosecutor has asked the courts to appoint a special prosecuting attorney to look at the case.

Sheriff Reader has not commented on the allegations.

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