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Ex-Tamaqua officer Bynon investigated

Published March 14. 2012 05:01PM

Matt Bynon, a former Tamaqua police officer, is under investigation for providing alcohol to a 20-year-old woman.

"I received a criminal complaint regarding one of my officers," Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson said this morning. "Due to a possible conflict of interest, I forwarded the investigation to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's (AG) office.

"The AG then assigned the investigation to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Special Investigation Division, Eastern Task Force of the Pennsylvania State Police."

The affidavit of probable cause states that on or about Nov. 8, 2011, Bynon was frequenting a local bar in the borough of Tamaqua. While there, he initiated a conversation via Facebook on his cell phone with a 20-year-old female from Tamaqua.

The female told the investigator that Bynon offered to get her a six pack of beer and that he would pick her up so they could go somewhere to talk.

The affidavit states that the female said Bynon purchased a six pack of beer, picked her up and drove to a road in Kline Township to talk.

The female said she did not drink any beer during the incident.

An affidavit of probable cause continuation states that Bynon acknowledged talking to the female on Facebook, buying beer for her, picking her up at her home and taking her to some road in Kline Township to talk.

Bynon, who had least seniority in the department, was laid off by the Tamaqua Borough due to budget cuts and cost-saving measures.

He has not been arrested or convicted with any crime.

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