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UPDATE: Sheriff Accused of Destroying Records

By: Brooks Jarosz, The Associated Press Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 6/10/13
ATHENS COUNTY, Oh. (WSAZ) -- The sheriff in Athens County is under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Sheriff Pat Kelly is accused of illegally destroying hundreds of criminal documents. The AG raided his home this weekend.

County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says he was recently digging through a landfill looking for evidence.

Sheriff Kelly confirmed on his Facebook page search warrants were executed in numerous locations. He says he and his staff have been cooperating with the agents.

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.

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ORIGINAL STORY
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- A sheriff in southeast Ohio is being criticized amid allegations that he illegally destroyed tons of public records during a cleaning of a storage area at his office.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly has denied that he did anything wrong. But county officials say Kelly did not get the required approval to dispose of hundreds of boxes of sheriff's and prosecutors' records trucked to the landfill this month.

The county prosecutor, Keller Blackburn, has been digging through a landfill looking for any more of the closed criminal case files that may have been thrown out.

Blackburn has asked the state attorney general's office to look into the destruction of public records. On Thursday, a state investigator seized boxes of records that the prosecutor feared also might disappear.


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