Pike County Sheriff accused of misconduct; motion filed to appoint Special Prosecutor

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PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The prosecuting attorney for Pike County filed a motion to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Sheriff Charles Reader on Thursday.

In the filing, Pike County prosecuting attorney Rob Junk writes, “It has been brought to my attention that there have been allegations of misconduct in office on the part of the Pike County Sheriff.”

Junk explains that due to the working relationship and status as legal counsel for the Office of the Sheriff, he’s requesting a Special Prosecutor be appointed to handle the investigation and any prosecution, specifically Robert F. Smith of the Ohio Auditor Yost’s Office, as he writes that Smith has handled “many similar cases.”

The Ohio Auditor’s Office told NBC4 they received a complaint about a Pike County matter and opened an investigation.

“In addition, the Pike County prosecutor has named an attorney from the Ohio Auditor’s Office’s Public Integrity Assurance Team as special prosecutor in this matter. Because we have an open investigation, it is the auditor’s office policy to provide no further comment,” the auditor’s office said. 

Sheriff Reader’s office investigated the Rhoden family massacre, resulting in the four recent arrests.

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