Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah charged with nine counts

Klamath County, Ore. — Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah has been indicted on nine counts including harassment, attempted assault, assault, official misconduct and strangulation, according to the Oregon Attorney General’s office.

The Klamath County Board of County Commissioners say’s in a statement released on Friday that they’re monitoring the case developments.

“The board is paying close attention to these developments, public safety continues to be our highest priority,” says Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris, “under Oregon law, the Sheriff is an independently-elected official, the County does not supervise the Sheriff, and he does not answer to us.”

Authorities said Sheriff Skrah appeared with counsel and he did not enter a plea. The conditions of his release include no patrol and no conducting of or participating in traffic or criminal stops. Sheriff Skrah can also have no direct physical conduct with suspects or inmates.

Sheriff Skrah was arraigned on the indictment in Klamath County Circuit Court at 1:30 on Friday afternoon. His next court appearance will be October 19, 2015.

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