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Personnel files, payroll docs among files subpoenaed in Pike County 'misconduct' case

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 11:48:22-05

WAVERLY, Ohio — A subpoena was filed on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, by the Ohio State Auditor's Office in connection with the investigation into claims of misconduct carried out by Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

The documents being subpoenaed in relation to the investigation include receipts and contracts with automobile dealerships and insurance companies from January 1, 2016 up until now. Payroll documents, personnel files and expense reports for numerous Pike County deputies, as well as Reader, are also listed in the subpoena.

The investigation into the Pike County Sheriff's Office began when Prosecuting Attorney Rob Junk filed court documents which said there had been "allegations of misconduct in office on the part of the Pike County Sheriff.”

Reader was sheriff for about six months before eight members of the Rhoden family were found murdered in their homes in April, 2016.

The WCPO I-Team has reached out to Reader about the investigation, but he does not have a comment at this time.

The Ohio Auditor's Office previously released the following statement in relation to the investigation:

The Ohio Auditor’s office 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. Because we have an open investigation, it is the auditor’s office policy to provide no further comment.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.