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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.
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An Ohio sheriff has accepted suspension in the aftermath of his indictment and a judge's restrictions.

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.
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Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader will be allowed to remain free after pleading not guilty Tuesday to 16 charges, including theft in office and tampering with evidence.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, speaks alongside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, during a news conference to discuss developments into the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
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A Pike County grand jury has indicted Sheriff Charles Reader on 16 charges, Ohio Auditor Keith Faber announced on Friday.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, speaks alongside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, during a news conference to discuss developments into the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
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The Ohio Auditor’s Office has released an anonymous complaint accusing Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader of taking money seized during drug investigations and using it to fuel a gambling addiction.

The auditor’s office released the complaint Monday at the request of news organizations.

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The Pike County Sheriff says he remains confident in the staff investigating the unsolved killings of eight family members nearly two years ago.

The anniversary of the April 22, 2016, slayings is Sunday. The case involves seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family who were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon in southern Ohio.