Suspended Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony was scheduled to appear in Carter County District Court Wednesday afternoon for formal arraignment on felony charges of acceptance of gratuity or reward for appointment or exercise of office (bribery) and sexual battery, but the proceeding didn’t happen.
Lincoln Ferguson, spokesperson for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office, said the case was bumped to Monday at the request of Anthony’s attorney Ron Wallace.
“The defense attorney is sick,” Ferguson said. “He asked for the continuance. The case is set for 1 p.m. Monday.”
Anthony has been free on a $20,000 bond since his arrest by OSBI agents June 1 and subsequent charges filed by the AG’s office. He waived his preliminary hearing in the criminal case Sept. 6. The felony case accuses him of engaging in sex with the victim in exchange for hiring her husband.
In a statement issued shortly after the sheriff’s arrest, the OSBI said the investigation revealed, “… The sexual contact continued for several months. When the woman tried to end the contact, the sheriff insinuated he would alter her work hours and even fire her and her husband if she did not continue with their agreement. In April 2016, the woman began saving the sheriff’s texts and recorded a conversation between the two. Both communications are considered evidence in this bribery case.”
Subsequently the AG’s office presented the case to the multi-county grand jury which resulted in the June 22 filing of the bribery charge, as well as a sexual battery charge, alleging Anthony touched a female deputy in a “lewd and lascivious manner.” In addition the multi-county grand jury handed down an accusation of removal  from office, which is scheduled Nov. 16 in Carter County District Court.  
Anthony voluntarily suspended himself with pay June 29 pending the outcome of both the cases. On Aug. 29, Anthony who was seeking re-election, removed his name from the Tuesday’s General Election ballot.