- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A southeastern Ohio sheriff standing trial for public corruption has testified that he’s done nothing wrong.

Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly calmly disputed the charges when he testified Monday during his trial. Kelly, elected sheriff in 2008, is charged in a 25-count indictment that alleges corrupt activity, including using public money to buy meals and clothes and pocketing money from sales of county property.

Kelly is charged with 13 counts of theft-in-office, and four counts of theft, as well as money laundering, tampering with evidence, tampering with records, perjury and failure to keep a cashbook.

Prosecutors say he began to use the sheriff’s office to misspend public money soon after taking office in 2009.

If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

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