FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A special prosecutor wants an Ohio sheriff sent back to jail, accusing him of violating terms of a bond set after the sheriff was charged with stealing medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes.
Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer violated the terms by having contact with witnesses and people in the sheriff’s office and intimidated witnesses through his family members, said special prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien of Delaware County.
Overmyer’s attorney said the move to send the sheriff back to jail is timed to next week’s election and an attempt to influence voters.
He is still on the ballot for sheriff despite the charges against him and his suspension from office.
Overmyer pleaded not guilty in August to charges he stole medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes, deceived doctors into giving him painkillers and misused department funds.
He faces six felony charges in a 43-count indictment.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation began investigating the two-term sheriff nearly a year ago. The probe started after police chiefs in the county said it was odd that Overmyer had been collecting prescription pills from drop boxes, several media outlets reported.
Overmyer and his attorney have suggested the investigation was politically motivated.
On Monday, the special prosecutor said Overmyer violated his bond many times since his arrest in August. O’Brien said Overmyer wiped data from a computer he handed over to police and took part in a county Republican Party vote to choose his replacement as interim sheriff.
Andrew Mayle, Overmyer’s attorney, said many of the allegations had been known for weeks or months.
“It’s consistent with the vindictiveness of the prosecution to drop this as an October surprise a week before the election,” he said.