BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (AP) —A Pennsylvania district attorney faces dozens of criminal charges and has stepped down over what he calls accusations he engaged in conduct “unbecoming of a district attorney” and “unbecoming of a husband and father.”Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA Train
Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins was arraigned Wednesday on 31 counts, including charges of witness intimidation, official oppression and obstruction.
Court officials aren’t immediately releasing the charging documents, saying they need time to redact nonpublic information.READ MORE: 'Georgia's Defense Is Just So Good': CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships
Messages left for Higgins’ defense attorney and for the lawyer who’s now running the county prosecutor’s office weren’t immediately returned. The attorney general’s office says it will provide details at an afternoon news conference.
Higgins’ statement says he won’t “comment on the validity” of the accusations.
The 43-year-old Republican was sworn into office in 2004 as the state’s youngest district attorney.MORE NEWS: Open For Business: The Merrygold Shop's Carefully Curated Items Bring Especially Merry Feel To Holidays
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