Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has been charged in a felony warrant alleging tampering with a motor vehicle and four misdemeanors stemming from a 2012 adult stalking investigation.
Phelps County Prosecutor John D. Beger, appointed special prosecutor to review a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation into alleged misconduct by Dixon, filed the complaint this past Wednesday.
“The felony charge (class C) is for tampering in the first degree and alleges on or about June 26, 2013, Dixon operated a four-wheeler belonging to Nathan Abel without Abel’s permission,” a release from Berger stated.
Dixon is also charged with first-degree sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking involving a victim identified as “C.M.” The Linn Unterrified Democrat, in published stories this summer, identified the victim as Belle police patrolwoman Courtney Mahaney. Prior to becoming sheriff in Osage County in January 2013, Dixon was chief of Belle police when the alleged offenses were said to have taken place between June 24, and June 25 into June 26, 2013.
A complaint was filed June 26 with Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman. Having worked with both parties, Heitman asked the highway patrol to conduct an investigation.
“It is very hard to investigate someone you have worked closely with, and it was in the best interest for me to forward this on,” said Heitman. I have no further comment on this incident.”
Beger issued a statement on the charges noting the “sexual misconduct and assault charges allege Dixon touched C.M. in the genital area with a flashlight while the harassment and stalking charges allege repeated comments of a suggestive nature and numerous telephone calls unrelated to C.M.’s or Dixon’s work ‘that would have caused a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.’”
If convicted, Dixon would be forced to vacate the sheriff’s office since state law prohibits someone from being sheriff with a felony. Dixon denied the allegations in a statement issue by his attorney. Dixon, 27, of Belle, is scheduled to be arraigned in Linn at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, before Judge Richard C. Bresnahan who was assigned the case by the Missouri Supreme Court.
NOTE: This story has been updated. The original story inadvertently stated that the offenses took place in 2012.
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