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UPDATE: Former Dade Co. sheriff indicted

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DADE COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A Dade County grand jury handed down an 18 count indictment Thursday against former Sheriff Patrick Cannon. 

The counts range from violating the oath of a public officer to theft during Cannon’s seven year tenure as sheriff. 

The prosecution alleges records indicate Cannon used about $8,000 of county money for personal expenses between 2010 and 2012, using more than $4,000 to pay family cell phone bills and spending more than $3,000 at Men’s Warehouse and JC Penny. 

Cannon lost the sheriff’s seat in the November 2012 election. Documents are said to show Cannon tried to take out $650 of county money one month after the election, but the transaction was stopped by county officials. 

In April of 2011, Cannon was lauded for his work following the repeated tornadoes that ravaged the southeastern United States where Cannon’s own Sand Mountain home was destroyed. 

A judge issued a gag order on the case, banning members of the department, county employees and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from making comments to the media. 

Cannon was arrested after the indictments were handed down, but he was later let go on his own recognizance. 

The grand jury did not hand down indictments on five other counts involving fraud. 

Channel 3 spoke with the district attorney’s office, they did not have a comment regarding this story. 

Channel 3 also attempted to reach out to Cannon for a comment regarding the allegations against him, those attempts were unsuccessful. 


PREVIOUS: Former Dade County Sheriff Patrick Cannon has been indicted by a Dade County grand jury. 

The 18 counts Cannon is charged with:

  • 5 counts of violation of oath by public officer
  • 12 counts of theft by conversion
  • 1 count of criminal attempt-theft by conversion

He was arrested Thursday after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Cannon has since been released on his own recognizance.

Channel 3 spoke briefly to Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross, who confirms he and all members of his department, county employees and members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations have been ordered by a judge not to speak with the media about the case. A formal gag order was filed to prevent them from discussing the case. 

Cannon was accused in 2012 of using his county-issued credit card to purchase over $3,600 for men’s suits and clothing.

In April of 2011, Cannon was lauded for his work following the repeated tornadoes that ravaged the southeastern United States.

His own Sand Mountain home was destroyed. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation began an investigation into Cannon following several incidents that came after the storms.

Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.

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