Sheriff convicted on felony drug and theft charges

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The legal saga of former Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer started with him being indicted on 43 charges, including 38 felonies, mostly drug and theft related. It ended with a disgraced man with a rumored drug problem sentenced to four years in jail, stripped of his badge, a convicted felon.

Photojournalist Molly Corfman covered all court proceedings and everything in between from his arraignment, candidates’ debate while running for re-election, election loss, bond revocation, guilty plea and sentencing.

During all court proceedings, Photojournalist Molly Corfman captured full-length videos with multiple camera angles and photo galleries.

The sheriff stole unweighed, non-inventoried prescription drugs from police department take-back boxes. 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. The sheriff deceived doctors to obtain prescription pain medication. He stole money from the Furtherance of Justice fund. After he was indicted, he bought a crossbow while awaiting trial and had his bond revoked. He lost re-election.

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

Aug. 24, 2016 – Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer pleaded not guilty to 43 charges, including 38 felonies, handed down by a grand jury Tuesday. He allegedly stole prescription take-back boxes from area police departments, deceived physicians to obtain prescription pain medication and tampered with records regarding the sheriff’s Furtherance of Justice account. A visiting judge set his bond at $150,000 with several conditions.

Read article: Sheriff Overmyer indictments

Sheriff runs for re-election

Oct. 27, 2016 – Incumbent Republican Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer debates two independent challengers, James Consolo and Chris Hilton.

Read article: Sheriff debate focuses on drugs, perception

Overmyer jailed for violating bond conditions

Nov. 3, 2016 – Sheriff Overmyer’s bond is revoked just five days before Sandusky County voters decide whether the incumbent sheriff will be re-elected despite being indicted on 43 criminal charges. The visiting judge set a new cash bond of $250,000, plus a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

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.

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Sheriff pleads guilty to drug charges

Nov. 22, 2016 – After losing re-election, Kyle Overmyer pleads guilty to 14 charges, including 13 felonies, of theft of prescription pills, theft in office and deceiving doctors to obtain prescription pain medication. O’Brien and Overmyer’s attorneys agreed to drop the remaining 29 charges in the case. He faces up to 14.5 years in jail and is no longer allowed to be a peace officer and loses all certifications. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 by visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove.

Read article: Overmyer pleads guilty, faces up to 14½ years in prison
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Sheriff sentenced to four years in prison

Dec. 13, 2016 – Disgraced former sheriff Kyle Overmyer is sentenced to four years in prison and to repay $24,000 in restitution to Sandusky County. Four police chiefs read statements condemning Overmyer for betraying the public’s trust when he collected their drug take-back boxes from their departments for his own use. “You can use your badge as a shield or a sword. … You used yours as a sword,” Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove said while scolding Overmyer. “You stole from the taxpayers.”

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Aftermath of corruption in the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 30, 2016 – Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Meggitt, Overmyer’s brother-in-law who is married to county clerk of courts Tracy Overmyer, admits he lied to the acting sheriff about taking pictures of Gibsonburg Police Chief Paul Whitaker’s home Sept. 1.

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.

Read article: Gibsonburg chief blasts sheriff’s investigation

Families of mishandled, unsolved murder investigations want justice

April 11, 2017 – Families want justice for unsolved and botched homicide cases they say Sheriff Overmyer and Detective Sean O’Connell mishandled.

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