Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon, formerly of Franklin County, will be on supervised probation for the next two years for harassing a woman.

Dixon pleaded guilty Tuesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court to one misdemeanor count of harassment in a plea bargain that included dismissing a felony tampering charge for stealing a four-wheel ATV June 26, 2013, and three other misdemeanor charges including sexual misconduct and third-degree assault.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Richard C. Bresnahan accepted the plea at the conclusion of a 10 minute hearing and issued a suspended sentence with multiple conditions that prohibit Dixon from using alcohol and requiring him to submit to sexual harassment counseling.

With the misdemeanor conviction, Dixon will be able to retain his office of sheriff, but could be subject to sanctions from Missouri’s Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission.

Dixon is the former police chief of Belle, Mo., and previously served as a member of the Washington Police Explorer Post.

See The Weekend Missourian for more details.