Ohio sheriff accused of drug theft expected to change plea

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A jailed sheriff in Ohio who’s charged with stealing prescription drugs and misusing office funds is expected to change his not guilty plea.

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is scheduled to attend a change of plea hearing Tuesday in Fremont after two earlier hearings were postponed.

Overmyer pleaded not guilty in August to six felony charges in a 43-count indictment.

The two-term sheriff was charged with stealing medications from drug disposal drop boxes, deceiving doctors into giving him painkillers and misusing department funds.

A judge recently sent him back to jail after deciding he violated terms of his bond by contacting potential witnesses.

Overmyer has said the investigation was politically motivated. He was suspended but kept his sheriff’s title.

He lost his re-election bid three weeks ago.