Ex Chester County sheriff, deputy to stand trial on theft charges

Retired Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh
Retired Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh (left) listens during a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities with state, local and community leaders at the White House with President Donald Trump on Jan. 11, 2019. In November 2020, Welsh was charged with theft for allegedly stealing money intended for the sheriff's office K-9 unit. Photo credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The former sheriff of Chester County and her live-in boyfriend, who allegedly stole from the sheriff’s office K-9 unit fund, will stand trial on misdemeanor theft charges.

Retired Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh and former Deputy Harry McKinney both waived their preliminary hearing on Friday.

They allegedly used donations that investigators say were supposed to go to the sheriff’s office K-9 unit to pay for the dogs’ grooming and vet bills.

Welsh and McKinney were charged after a long investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

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

Her lawyer said those events were a direct benefit to the sheriff’s office.

Welsh and McKinney are scheduled for a formal arraignment next month.