Athens County sheriff indicted on 25 Counts

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Friday afternoon announced that an indictment has been issued in the special grand jury investigating allegations against Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly.

Kelly, 63 years old, of The Plains, has been indicted on 25 counts, including 23 felony counts, the attorney general said.

The charges are:

Three counts of Theft in Office, a fourth-degree felony

Ten counts of Theft in Office, a fifth-degree felony

Four counts of Theft, a fifth-degree felony

One count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a first-degree felony

One count of Money Laundering, a third-degree felony

One count of Tampering with Evidence, a third-degree felony

One count of Tampering with Records, a third-degree felony

One count of Perjury, a third-degree felony

One count of Failure to Keep Cashbook, an unclassified felony

One count of Obstructing Official Business, a second-degree misdemeanor

One count of Dereliction of Duty, a second-degree misdemeanor

Attorney General DeWine also announced that his office, as required by Ohio Revised Code Section 3.16, would request that the Ohio Supreme Court initiate proceedings for “suspension of a local official charged with (a) felony related to official conduct,” a release from DeWine said.

Read the story in The News and Sentinel on Saturday.