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Ohio sheriff accused of taking money, drugs during arrests to finance gambling problem, complaint says

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader was accused of seizure of money from drug arrests fuel his gambling problem.
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An Ohio sheriff is accused in an anonymous complaint of the seizure of money from drug arrests and the use of the fund his gambling addiction.

The complaint, filed on Nov. 9, accused Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader of the taking of the money from the drug arrests of a safe deposit box that is kept in the sheriff’s office.

“He is a compulsive gambler and never has any money,” the complaint said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Reader borrowed thousands of dollars from two deputies, and blew it on gambling, the complaint also asserted. It also stated his daughter drove the car seized by the sheriff’s office.

“Reader just does what he wants and no one calls him” the complaint stated. “We are scared to death of him.”

Reader ‘ s attorney, James T. Boulger, told the Columbus Dispatch that he was “not aware of” the sheriff with a gambling problem. He said that the “focus” of the auditor’s investigation into whether the sheriff seized money during the arrests.

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“I think that can be removed fairly quickly,” he said.

Pike County prosecutor Rob Junk requested a special prosecutor to investigate the claims, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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