Osage County sheriff faces multiple charges

Charges were filed against Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon Wednesday.

Dixon was charged with four misdemeanors and one felony.

The misdemeanor charges include first-degree sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking.

Stalking and harassment complaints were made by a former female co-worker of Dixon's. According to the victim, Dixon touched her in the genital area with a flashlight. She also accuses Dixon of making repeated comments of a suggestive or sexual nature and numerous telephone calls unrelated to work. If charged, Dixon could face up to one year in jail and fines ranging up to $1000.

Dixon's felony charge is first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. According to Phelps County Prosecutor John D. Beger, the charge comes after Dixon allegedly operated a four-wheeler belonging to a man named Nathan Abel without Abel's permission. If charged, Dixon could face from two to seven years in the Department of Corrections or up to one year in the county jail and/or up to a $5000 fine.

No court dates have been set.