Sheriff convicted on felony drug and theft charges
Winner of 2016 Media Network of Central Ohio, Nov. MVP Award, 1st place “Sheriff pleads guilty to felony drug charges”
Winner of 2016 Media Network of Central Ohio, Dec. MVP Award, finalist “Overmyer sentenced to 4 years in prison”
The legal problems of former Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer started with him being indicted on 43 charges, including 38 felonies, mostly drug and theft related. His story ended with a disgraced man with a rumored drug problem sentenced to four years in jail, stripped of his badge, a convicted felon.
During all court proceedings, Photojournalist Molly Corfman captured full-length videos with multiple camera angles.
Sheriff Overmyer stole unweighed, non-inventoried prescription drugs from police department take-back boxes. He deceived doctors to obtain prescription pain medication. He stole money from the Furtherance of Justice fund.
His brother-in-law, a sheriff’s office captain, intimidated a potential witness by taking pictures of his house in a marked sheriff’s office cruiser. After he was indicted, he bought a crossbow while awaiting trial and had his bond revoked. He ran for re-election and lost.
The disgraced former sheriff accepted a plea deal. Overmyer cried and apologized to the court before sentencing.
Photojournalist Molly Corfman persistently covered every twist, turn and development, keeping the public informed.
Sheriff Overmyer arraigned on drug charges
Sheriff arraigned on 43 charges 12:50
Prosecutor’s reaction 5:30
Attorney’s reaction :12
Sheriff runs for re-election
Overmyer jailed for violating bond conditions
Seven alleged violations of bond conditions set at his August arraignment included erasing the hard drive of a county-owned laptop computer two hours before turning it in, purchasing a crossbow while being barred from possessing deadly weapons, seeking to influence potential witnesses in his case and contacting sheriff’s office employees despite a ban on having any contact with the department.
Sheriff pleads guilty to drug charges
Prosecutor’s reaction to guilty plea 2:00
Sheriff sentenced to four years in prison
Aftermath of corruption in the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office
Whitaker lead the accusations from area police chiefs that Overmyer stole prescription drugs from take-back boxes and was a witness against the sheriff. He called Meggitt’s photo-taking an act of intimidation, done as Overmyer was actively campaigning for re-election while under indictment.