Panel to decide: Should sheriff facing charges be suspended?

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (Sandusky County Sheriff's Office)
Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (Sandusky County Sheriff's Office)

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A panel of three retired judges will consider whether an Ohio sheriff should be suspended while facing charges alleging he stole medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes, deceived doctors into giving him painkillers and misused department funds.

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

A special prosecutor handling the case is seeking to have the 42-year-old sheriff suspended. Ohio’s chief justice on Tuesday appointed three judges to a special commission to consider the matter.

The News-Messenger in Fremont reports the panel has two weeks to issue its preliminary decision, which the sheriff could choose to challenge.

Overmyer’s current term expires at the end of the year, and he is running for re-election. He has previously suggested that the investigation was politically motivated.

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