Sandusky County Sheriff appears in court on theft, drug-related charges

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FREMONT Ohio-- The Sandusky County Sheriff was arraigned on a 43-count indictment Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was arrested on the charges Tuesday evening, following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

In court on Wednesday, the 42-year-old's bond was set at $150,000, and he was ordered to hand over his badge, gun and any other county property. Prosecutors filed a motion to have him suspended from office.

Overmyer was indicted on 43 counts, including 38 felony counts:

- 12 counts of tampering with records, felonies of the third degree
- 12 counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, felonies of the fourth degree
- Three counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, felonies of the fifth degree
- Six counts of theft in office, felonies of the fourth degree
- Four counts of theft, felonies of the fourth degree
- One count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree
- Five counts of filing false financial disclosure reports, misdemeanors of the first degree.

Overmyer was taken to the Erie County jail, where he was housed overnight.

"He is being treated like everyone else," said Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth. "This is the fist time we had a sitting sheriff in our facility but everyone is treated the same here."

According to a news release, BCI was asked to conduct an investigation into Overmyer by Sandusky County Prosecutor Thomas L. Stierwalt.

Stierwalt requested the investigation, which started in September 2015, after local police chiefs in Sandusky County expressed concerns regarding alleged unusual behavior by Overmyer in prescription drug disposal drop box collections. The scope of the investigation quickly expanded into other allegations of wrongdoing.

The charges also allege that Overmyer improperly used and tampered with records concerning his office’s furtherance of justice funds. The sheriff is accused of deceiving physicians and pharmacists in order to obtain prescription pain medication.

The theft charges relate to allegations Overmyer improperly took medications from area prescription drug disposal drop boxes.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien is serving as special prosecutor in this case. She was appointed special prosecutor in February at the request of Stierwalt, the news release stated.

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