The Ohio Auditor has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader for potential misconduct.
Court documents filed Thursday by Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk report “allegations of potential misconduct in office on the part of the Pike County sheriff.”
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office confirmed it “received a complaint about a Pike County matter and has 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,” the statement from Yost’s office said. “Because we have an open investigation, it is the auditor’s office policy to provide no further comment.”
Junk, as prosecutor, serves as statutory legal counsel for the sheriff’s office. A Pike County judge signed off on the special prosecutor Thursday.
Reader was sheriff when eight members of the Rhoden family were killed in their homes in 2016. Last month, authorities arrested four people in connection with the homicides.
Unclear is whether the misconduct allegations are related to the Rhoden case.
Reader told WCPO he had no comment at this time.
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