Suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader facing more charges in new indictment

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader - 2018 file photo (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — Suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is now facing additional charges following a new indictment this week.

A Pike County Grand jury met for several hours on Friday and have indicted Reader on two additional counts. Some of the original charges he faced have been upgraded to felonies.

Reader was initially indicted in June on 16 charges, including eight felonies. That indictment stemmed from him being accused of stealing money from drug busts to support a gambling addiction.

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He pleaded not guilty on the original charges.

Reader was suspended as sheriff in July but is running for re-election.

With the new superseding indictment, Reader is now facing 18 charges with 11 felony charges. One of the new counts is a felony charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Reader is also facing ethics charges from the state.

There is a gag order in this case, so the special prosecutor could not speak on it. Both Reader and his attorney told 10TV they had no comment.

Reader is expected to be back in court on the new charges in the next several weeks.

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