Carter Co. Sheriff resigns, pleads guilty to bribery

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony resigned effective immediately pleaded guilty to a felony bribery count in district court Monday afternoon.

In exchange, Anthony was given two years unsupervised probation and forced to forfeit his CLEET certification, meaning he can no longer work in law enforcement in Oklahoma.

Anthony faced the charge after a female sheriff’s office employee came forward, alleging that she was having sex with Anthony in exchange to keep her job and her husband’s job as a deputy at the sheriff’s office.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dropped a felony sexual battery count in a separate incident. Another female employee alleged Anthony grazed her breast in a conference room after a meeting.

Anthony’s attorney entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence.

The Oklahoma Attorney’s General Office dropped its separate civil case against Anthony when he agreed to resign Monday. In July, he agreed to a suspension with pay. Deputy John Ryan was appointed interim sheriff.

Anthony had sought re-election until he removed himself from the general election ballot back in August. Chris Bryant, who won the Republican Primary, will take office in January.


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