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Police officer pleads to corruption of minors count; resigns position

Published March 31. 2010 05:04PM

A long-time Weatherly police officer pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to one count of corruption of a minor and resigned his position with the police force.

Anthony James McFadden, 49, of 21 E. Main St., Weatherly, appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to enter the plea to the charge.

McFadden was charged by state police at Hazleon with making phone calls and sending email messages to a 15-year-old female. Troopers said the calls and messages were sexual in nature. The messages, troopers said, had McFadden making sexual comments and making lude suggestions about sexual acts to the girl.

Prior to the start of the proceeding Assistant District Attorney James M. Lavelle said McFadden gave him a copy of his letter of resignation as a police officer in Weatherly. Defense counsel, Atty. Cynthia Ray, told Webb that McFadden had given the original letter to the mayor of Weatherly with the resignation effective immediately.

Webb declined to sentence McFadden stating he wanted a presentence investigation (PSI) prepared by the adult probation office, "do to the nature of the charges".

In a plea agreement, the DA's office agreed to drop a charge of unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses.

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