PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff facing unrelated troubles over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl says he'll repay some $700 in county funds that an audit says were misspent.
Media outlets say the spending by Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins between 2010 and 2012 has been referred to the state Ethics Commission for investigation.
Two audits found that he bought flowers, gift cards and alcohol for office staff and deputies with money from his department's concealed-weapons permit fund.
County Commission President Jedd Schola said commissioners were unaware of the spending. But he says any punishment for the actions will be up to the ethics commission.
Hawkins was sued in July by a 19-year-old Moatsville woman who says he assaulted and threatened to kill her.
He has denied wrongdoing.