Delaware County Sheriff Pleads Guilty

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A central Ohio sheriff who abruptly announced his resignation last week pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor charges.

Sheriff Al Myers entered guilty pleas to improperly receiving $9,000 for off-duty work and arranging for his son to receive commissions on vehicles bought by the sheriff’s department.

Prosecutors say Sheriff Myers was paid by an agricultural society and another organization to provide security at county fair events from 2005 to 2006.

That violates a law against public servants receiving supplemental payments when acting in an official capacity. Authorities say he also authorized the purchase of new vehicles at a car dealership where his son worked.

Myers is scheduled to be sentenced on June First, the same day his resignation takes effect. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine. Additionally, Myers could be barred from holding public office for seven years. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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