Former sheriff Gerald McFaul was arraigned this morning on theft in office charges.

The nine-term sheriff was charged Friday with two felony counts of theft in office and a misdemeanor ethics charge.

He entered a routine not guilty plea and was released on $1,000 bond. He is due back in court Thursday, when he will plead guilty, his attorney said.

The charges came in the form of a “criminal information,” which means McFaul has cooperated with prosecutors.

As sheriff, the Democrat forced his employees to sell tickets to his annual fundraiser, stole money from his campaign fund and appointed his son as a special deputy, according to the charges.

McFaul, the longest-serving sheriff in Cuyahoga County history, could receive probation or up to 10 years in prison.

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