Sheriff Known For Family Slaying Case Charged With Theft

Jun 28, 2019

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader

An Ohio sheriff has been indicted on felony charges including theft in office and evidence-tampering.

A grand jury issued a 16-count indictment Friday for Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, who is known for investigating the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from the Rhoden family.

The indictment includes misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charges alleging Reader sought or accepted thousands of dollars in loans from employees of his office and a county vendor.

A message seeking comment was left for an attorney who has spoken for Reader in the matter. The sheriff's arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

A prosecutor from Ohio Auditor Keith Faber's office is handling the case. A statement from Faber says the charges followed a long investigation and that public officials must be held accountable.