ATHENS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 25 charges including theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Kelly said very little during the court appearance.
Bond was set at $50,000.
The 63-year-old Kelly, who was indicted Jan. 31, said he is innocent and confident he will be exonerated.
Kelly is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations.
The indictment also said his campaign didn't properly handle and report donations, and funneled money through a personal bank account.
"I would have been embarrassed to be here. I'd have had an attorney do it and I would have just went away as quickly as I could," former Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle told our news partners at ABC6.
(Photo courtesy Tom Bosco/ABC6)