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:
Sheriff Pat Kelly
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.