Trial for local sheriff moving to St. Louis County

OSAGE CO., Mo. - The trial for a Mid-Missouri sheriff is moving to St. Louis County. The changes were approved in court on Thursday. A new date should be set in the next coming weeks, but a judge does not expect anything to happen until after June.

Sheriff Michael Dixon of Osage County is charged with one count of felony tampering and four misdemeanors: sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking. The allegations against Dixon surfaced last July.

According to court documents, the victim, a Belle police officer, claims Dixon inappropriately touched her with a flashlight. He allegedly went to her house, called her repeatedly, and even asked police dispatch for help.

Dixon is also facing a felony tampering charge for allegedly taking an ATV that belonged to the victim's fiance to find her one night.

Dixon claims the allegations haven't affected his ability to do his job as sheriff, because he maintains his innocence.

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