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Grand Jury indicts Wagoner County sheriff

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Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 12:59:55-04

WAGONER COUNTY - A Green Country sheriff was booked into jail and immediately bonded out, allowed to leave through a restricted area, Thursday afternoon.

2 Works For You talked with several past and current employees with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office who say they're relieved the Attorney General's office recommended Sheriff Bob Colbert be removed from office.

"There's a lot of confusion this evening. Deputies are not sure who they work for right now. They don't know if Bob Colbert is still the sheriff or if he's just suspended," said a former deputy.

It's been a year of stress and discomfort for employees who work under Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert. A former deputy, who wants to protect his identity, left the department because of what he calls bullying, harassment and intimidation.

"I was excited, vindicated. Obviously I feel a sense of sympathy for Bob Colbert, but at the same time he got himself in that situation," said the former deputy.

Today, those who have lived in fear of the sheriff are relieved, after a grand jury indicted him on charges of bribery and extortion and recommended his removal from office. 

Colbert is accused of conspiring with Deputy Jeff Gragg, who was also indicted, booked and released from jail today. 

Gragg is a drug interdiction officer for the county.

During one of his traffic stops, he and Colbert are accused of bribing two individuals, taking $10,000 in exchange for a release from jail. 

Both men were booked into jail Thursday and immediately released on bond. 2 Works For You was there as they came and went through a restricted area. 

With both men free, deputies are unsure of what comes next for the department. 

Colbert’s attorneys say the accusations cannot be supported at trial. They say all the money from drug seizures is accounted for.

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