LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A jury has found a central Pennsylvania police chief guilty of theft by extortion for telling motorists they could avoid traffic fines if they made donations to a borough playground fund.
But the jury in Union County on Tuesday found Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe not guilty of other charges including conspiracy.READ MORE: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Allowing States To Ban Abortion
Prosecutors claimed Zerbe offered 33 drivers such a deal over the last five years.READ MORE: Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade Decision Garners Strong Reactions In Philadelphia: 'It's Taking Away Basic Women's Rights'
Those who donated money to the playground fund — instead of paying fines and other costs that went to the borough, county and state — had their citations erased from their driving records.
Defense attorney Hank Clarke says the chief was simply using an innovative idea that was good for the drivers and the community.MORE NEWS: Roe v. Wade Overturned: These US Companies Will Cover Travel Costs For Employees Who Need Abortion
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