FREMONT - Suspended Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was handcuffed and taken to jail Thursday for violating conditions of his bond.
Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove revoked Overmyer's bond and sent the embattled sheriff back to jail just five days before the incumbent candidate learns whether he's won re-election despite his pending criminal trial.
After listening to testimony for more than two hours at Overmyer's bond revocation hearing in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, Cosgrove angrily castigated Overmyer for violating multiple conditions associated with his bond.
Special Prosecutor Carol Hamilton O'Brien of Delaware County had filed a motion on Monday to revoke Overmyer's bond and charged that the sheriff sought to influence potential witnesses in his case or sheriff's employees, and that he contacted members of the sheriff's office, including his brother-in-law Capt. Michael Meggitt, who is married to Overmyer's sister, Tracy Overmyer, the county's clerk of courts.
The judge angrily told Overmyer she had to seal the case files in the Sandusky County Clerk of Courts' office because somebody in that office had been leaking information to the suspended sheriff before attorneys from either side were able to obtain it.
Overmyer was indicted in August on 43 criminal charges, including 38 felonies, that allege he deceived physicians to obtain prescription medication, stole prescription pill take-back boxes and falsified records from the sheriff's Furtherance of Justice account.
He was suspended from the sheriff's office by a three-judge panel in September, and former Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma was appointed interim sheriff on Oct. 26.
Overmyer, who has been sheriff since 2008, is running for re-election on Tuesday against independent candidates James Consolo and Chris Hilton.