Ex Chesco sheriff, deputy plead no contest to theft charges

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The former sheriff of Chester County and her live-in boyfriend have pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft charges.

Retired Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh and former Deputy Harry McKinney are not admitting they did anything wrong, but they acknowledge if they went to trial there would be enough evidence to convict them.

The plea is essentially treated the same as a guilty plea at sentencing.

Welsh and McKinney are accused of using donations that were supposed to go to the sheriff’s office K-9 unit fund to pay for dog grooming and vet bills.

Welsh is also accused of letting deputies and employees volunteer at fundraising events and then use comp time on the county’s dime.

Their sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.