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Suspended Pike County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Four Felony Counts

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, here at a news conference in November 2018, made worldwide headlines following the 2016 murders of eight Pike County family members.
John Minchillo
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Associated Press
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, here at a news conference in November 2018, made worldwide headlines following the 2016 murders of eight Pike County family members.

The suspended Pike County sheriff has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including theft in office, following an investigation dating back more than a year.

Charles Reader entered the pleas Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop 13 remaining counts in an indictment related to allegations of misusing funds for gambling purposes.

He also was fired from his post as Pike County Sheriff and will be barred from holding public office.

Reader pleaded guilty to two counts each of theft in office and tampering with evidence, all felonies, and a single count of conflict of interest.