Athens sheriff’s deputy arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence

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ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) — An Athens County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested, and is currently in the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Jimmy Frank Childs is being held on a $20,000 bond, and charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told NBC4 that Childs is accused of deleting a call between defendant Robert Bellar and Childs, and giving false information to investigators during the course of the investigation into an alleged sex abuse case.

Childs has been with the Athens County Sheriff’s department for at least 25 years and is a D.A.R.E. Officer.

Blackburn said that Childs will most likely be scheduled for court Monday, May 24, for his arraignment.

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