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Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon will have his first day in court in two weeks.

Dixon, charged Sept. 25 with one felony and four misdemeanor violations of Missouri’s criminal laws, will be arraigned at 11 a.m. Oct. 17, in Linn.

The arraignment schedule was posted Wednesday on Case.net (www.courts.mo.gov/casenet), the state court system’s online docket information system.

The Supreme Court has named St. Louis County Circuit Judge Richard C. Bresnahan as a special judge in the case.

Presiding Judge Gael Wood sought a special judge after recusing 20th Circuit judges from the case. Osage County Associate Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer earlier removed himself from the proceedings.

Judges don’t have to provide reasons for removing themselves from a case, but Dixon’s lawyer said last week he wasn’t surprised at the request, because the local and circuit judges have worked with Dixon and his deputies.

Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger, acting as a special prosecutor in the case, on Wednesday charged Dixon, 27, Belle, with tampering with a motor vehicle, a Class C felony that could — if he’s convicted — involve a prison sentence of up to seven years, or a year in the county jail, and a fine up to $5,000.

Dixon was charged with taking a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle on June 26, even though the owner told him not to take it.

Investigators said Dixon later returned it.

Beger also filed four misdemeanor charges: first-degree sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking.

The sexual misconduct and assault charges both involve allegations that Dixon placed a flashlight between the legs of a woman identified only as C.M., pressed it against her and then pulled it back by running it up her backside.

The stalking and harassment charges accused Dixon of making “numerous and repeated comments of a suggestive or sexual nature and/or numerous and repeated telephone calls unrelated to either (Dixon’s) or C.M.’s job or profession.”

All four misdemeanor charges carry a possible sentence of up to one year in the county jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

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