GUILTY OH - Sheriff Charles Reader, charged with theft in office, Pike County, 29 June 2019

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  1. altojack

    altojack Well-Known Member

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    Sentencing Delayed

    WAVERLY, Ohio (FOX19) - Sentencing for former Pike County Sheriff Charlie Reader is postponed until next month due to COVID-19, Prosecutor Rob Junk confirmed Monday.

    Reader was scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning, but now he will learn his fate at 10 a.m. February 16 in Pike County Common Pleas Court, according to Junk.

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  3. Caylee Advocate

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    Not for sure just yet, but Charlie's sentencing hearing may not happen Tuesday the 16th of February. Like a helium balloon.. it's up in the air for now. o_O

    02/10/2021:
    JOINT MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE FILED Attorney: BOULGER, JAMES T Attorney: SMITH, ROBERT F
     
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  4. Sleuthinsleuther

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    So did he have his sentencing hearing Tuesday?
     
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    No.

    01/19/2021
    MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS PROSECUTOR OF RECORD FILED

    Prosecuting Attorney: BAYER, LEIGH

    02/03/2021
    ENTRY TO WITHDRAW -- UPON APPLICATION OF THE SPECIAL PROSECUTING ATTORNEY AND FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN,

    THE COURT HEREBY WITHDRAWS LEIGH BAYER AS SPECIAL PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

    02/10/2021
    JOINT MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE FILED

    Attorney: BOULGER, JAMES T
    Attorney: SMITH, ROBERT F
     
  6. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    Why Boulger? Isn't he one of the attorneys representing the Wagners? Conflict of interest perhaps?
     
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    Nope.
     
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    Nope. Jim Boulger didn't represent any Wagner, he represented JM on the destruction of state property (*GPS*) device charge.

    The reason for the continuance request was to find a replacement for sitting Judge Martin, and last Friday retired Judge Patty Cosgrove became the replacement.
     
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    02/23/2021

    CERTIFICATE OF ASSIGNMENT OF THE HONORABLE PATRICIA A COSGROVE TO PRESIDE OVER THE PIKE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE # 2019CR000068 FILED
     
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    03/17/2021 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Judge: VISITING JUDGE Event: SENTENCING Date: 03/24/2021 Time: 10:00 AM
     
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  11. Betty P

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    Looks like they shopped around until they found a conservative judge who is likes to be tough on sentencing public officials.

    “This is about power”: Judge sentences prosecutor to 60 days in jail

    In the case above, it was a matter of a prosecutor who pressured a woman who was a crime victim to have sex with him. Cosgrove sentenced him to 60 days in jail.

    In Reader's case, its a case of a sheriff suffering from PTSD from one of the most horrific mass murders in Ohio history developing a gambling habit and borrowing money from his co-workers.

    The only thing I can say is, JMO, some people have powerful connections or damaging information she's using to keep her family of mass murderers from going to jail, or at least impose punishment on the investigators who arrested them.

    It's the first time I've ever seen a gang leader manage to prosecute and convict the LE investigating the murders committed by the criminal gang before said gang has gone to trial. Al Capone would be impressed. JMO and my speculation.
     
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    He claimed he stole because he didn't want his wife to know he was gambling again. This was not in any way a result of his job. Just look at his past court cases. The man obviously had gambling issues long before these murders. Didn't pay his bills. Just racked up one court case after another going back years. The only one to blame is himself. <modsnip>
     
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    Just to refresh your memory because Reader did not just "In Reader's case, its a case of a sheriff suffering from PTSD from one of the most horrific mass murders in Ohio history developing a gambling habit and borrowing money from his co-workers.", Reader plead guilty to five charges including tampering with records, theft in office and conflict of interest.
     
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    So is he in jail or what
     
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    No he is not. He states he is hanging out at a hospital in Columbus with his father who is fighting for his life suffering from Covid. Facebook
     
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    Hey, its ok to disagree. I disagree with your theory, but no harm intended.
     
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    Sorry to hearcthat. So many people are still suffering and dying from this terrible illness.
     
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    Tried to Capture Readers Statements (it’s not perfect but as close as I could keep up)

    Reader: stand to take accountability for actions. As sherrif of OH I shed bad light on the office of sherriff. I can only ask that my staff, their families, the community and my family who is here today will forgive me for the undo stress I caused them. For this I am terribly sorry. On Sept 24 pled guilty to accept resp for my conduct. That day, within mins. Everything that I had worked for professionally and honorably was stripped from me with nobody to blame but myself. My staff and I had united with the commuinity and had a partnership and trust and they truly belived in us. I betrayed that trust. If I could go back and change it I would a million times. This is not who I am. Never ever did I imagine myself on the defense side of this court room that I have spent 25 years of my life in. As Sherriff I gave my staff and community all of me. Every ounce of my being. You are aware this has affected my mental health as well as my physical well being. There is nothing left for me to give or take other than my freedom. I have and I now pray that the court will find mercy on me. Grant me community control even with the strictest sanctions.
    I am a good person who made bad decisions and choices. I can continue to be a productive citizen in this county and be in the community with the love that I have for my family my friends and my neighbors. I am asking all this so that I have the opportunity to watch my son graduate and college, my daughter is getting married in Oct, so that I can be there for her and my wife so I can be the husband I haven’t been in 25 yrs due to my career. I have just not been there. Give the oppt I would be able to spend the time with my mother and my father and continue to be there for them when they need me in the last years of their lives as I have expereienced this week with my dad when 2 days ago I thought I lost him. (asks about his ventilation)

    No words for the shame or regret that I have for my staff and the community and caused the damage to my families good name. Again, I beg you impose community, your honor please don’t send me to prision.

    Question from judge: Why did you cut open these envelopes, take the money out and in some cases put it back though you were caught and the envelopes had been unsealed and sealed and the denominations didn’t match. Why did you take the money?

    Reader: I took the money, and mind you this doesn’t excuse it, but I took it from drug dealers that took it from families. (something about the gambling) was used when there was a tree planted in the name of X boy. A drug dealer paid for that tree. When schools had cheerleading or pee-wee car washes and such, I would have our cruisers taken down there. My men and women didn’t make good money so I took money from that and replaced it in time.
    The money was not in the safe the day they search warrant my office. Three days prior to that I had knowledge from KS that the security company was coming into my office and it would be open to anyone. I removed the money from the safe and put it into the back of the F-250.

    Judge: Safer in your vehicle than the safe?

    Reader: mentions some chief who asked him if he had a complete list of all moneys in that safe. Due to prior sherriff, officer involved shooting, left two black marks leaving that office. He handed the keys and never provided paper work of what was in that safe. (didn’t catch all this)

    Reader: Odd that in the search warrant CI tells them everything to do with my office, suspect they gained entry into his office and the safe

    Reader: did what Chief S asked him to do. Document it all and provide it to the state. To the point he had to lend his knife to them to open the packages. Stayed in the office and assisted in counting the money. To his knowledge none didn’t contain the right dem of money.
    something about a video tape and opening a locked door. It was video taped. something about a $1,000 mistake. Feels it could be an accounting error.

    Judge: PSI why you used the money for charitable community things but there is no documentation you used it for those.

    Reader: right no doc

    Judge: the majority of the acts took place june 2017- ? State alleges since you do not have doc you used this for “charitable” they secured your bank records. Did you loose 3K gambling?

    Reader: Yes, not by myself they have cards. again I pled guilty to this. (talks about how you can count money on diff casino cards as one) State has my records and they will see that when we are at those casinos that our debit card was put into a machine and taken from our checking account.

    Judge: where did money come from in check account.. just asking the question?

    Judge: in late june 2017 you took a trip to sherrifs conf. Took money in addition... State believes some of this is due to gambling and you are talking about ...

    Reader: again we were making X a month and it shows where we retrieved the money.

    Judge: again where did the money come from to get into your checking account

    Reader: our joint account, I took that money and I gambled.

    Judge: One more question - letters from social worker talks about stress from cases - did you ever tell your counselors about stealing from the evidence envelopes?

    Reader: yes we discusssed that

    Judge: you had a lot of stress caused by the fact you opened these envelopes and took money that didn’t belong to you.

    Reader: got worse

    Judge: ask you that from what I can tell social worker never referenced this from thefts. Wouldn’t that cause stress?

    Reader: in last letter she spoke of court cases and stress I was encountering, I am unsure.

    Judge: yes but that is again the stress over this case, which I am sure caused trauma. It’s the unintended victims, the family that suffer from misconduct.
    ________
    Sentencing: Each from seperate victims..
    Court finds matter of law that none of these merged. These occured on diff dates involved diff victims.
    Defense has brought force mitigating factors on stress.
    Judge: Here is what I want to say. You choose to be in this profession. We see horrible things. Deaths, torchure, etc. We all choose our professsion and we have to conduct ourselves with integrity. No person is good or bad but you had an obligation. The Sherrifs office has a free counseling program. You could have sought free counseling at any point for your conduct. From GP, Doctor, etc. your conduct has been escalating. You didn’t reach out for help when you should have. You mention the shame on you and the shame on the LE community. Every day we read an article of someone critical of LE becuase they believe LE thinks they are above the law. You are neither above or below.

    Sentence:
    Count 2: 1 year
    Count 3: 1 year
    Count 4: 2 years
    Count 6: 2 years
    Remaining Count M1: 6 months

    Court believes some punishment is appropriate for what you have done. In ref to the charges:
    Count 2 & 3: Though they don’t merge - 1 year to run concurrently
    Count 4 & 6: 2 year sentence on each concurrently but consecutively for a total of 3 years.
    6 months concurrently.
    3 years post release control.

    Sentence to anything less than 3 years would demean the seriousness of the offense.

    (Consider this my opinion of what I heard, since there is no doc yet to link to it.)
     
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