- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s attorney general is seeking to have suspension proceedings held for a southeast Ohio sheriff facing felony charges.

Patrick Kelly was indicted Friday on 25 counts, including felony charges of theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The allegations against him date to 2008, the year he was first elected.

The 63-year-old Kelly has denied criminal wrongdoing.

Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a motion Tuesday asking Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to appoint a special three-judge commission to consider Kelly’s suspension. She has 14 days to pick its members.

DeWine says the charges adversely affect the functioning of the office and the public’s rights and interests.

Messages seeking comment were left with Kelly, who could contest any preliminary determination by the commission.

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