Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of harassment rather than go to trial on a variety of charges, from tampering with a motor vehicle, sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, and stalking in exchange for two years probation.
The stalking, sexual misconduct, and harassment charges stem from a complaint by a former female co-worker, and involved incidents that occurred on June 24 and 26, 2013, in which Dixon allegedly placed a flashlight between the legs of the co-worker, and stole her fiance's off-road vehicle after repeatedly demanding to know where she was.
Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger was appointed special prosecutor in the case by courts in Osage and Maries counties. The charges he filed were the result of actions he alleged happened between Oct., 2012 and June, 2013.
Beger said by taking the plea, Dixon, 28, will serve two years on probation, which includes the stipulations of no contact with the victims, regular drug and alcohol evaluations, sexual harassment counselling, and not violating the law.