Police: Cop Forced 2nd Woman Into Sex
A part-time Ashley police officer accused of blackmailing a woman for oral sex faces additional charges after a second woman came forward to report similar accusations.
Mark E. Icker, 29, of Dickson City, pulled over two women in separate encounters earlier this month while on patrol and coerced them into sex acts in exchange for not being arrested, according to criminal complaints.
Police charged him late Friday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault, which are felonies, and with other crimes. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Law enforcement is continuing to investigate, said Luzerne County Detective Chaz Balogh. He urged anyone with information or who might have been a victim to contact police by calling 911 and asking for him or Chief County Detective Michael Dessoye. People can also call the district attorney’s office during work hours at 570-825-1674.
Icker is suspended from police departments in Ashley, Sugar Notch and Jessup in Lackawanna County.
Police charged Icker on Thursday with misdemeanor counts of official oppression and using the threat of an official action. A criminal complaint alleges Icker pulled over the victim on Dec. 9 in Ashley Borough and told her she was speeding and crossed the center line. The woman gave Icker permission to search her car. When he found a bottle of pills, he warned her she could be arrested for driving under the influence because she was on prescription medications and said she could go to jail for violating release conditions in another case.
“What can you do to help me help you?” Icker allegedly asked her.
According to the complaint, he said he would not arrest her in exchange for a sexual favor.
Icker was released on $25,000 unsecured bail Thursday. During questioning, he admitted that in exchange for the sexual favor, he did not charge the woman with driving with a suspended license, speeding and driving under the influence.
A law enforcement investigation into him continued.
On Friday, county detectives went to Icker’s house. He wasn’t home, but he returned to go with the detectives to Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr.
The judge read the criminal complaint for another case which involved an alleged Dec. 2 incident. This time, Icker was facing felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault in addition to misdemeanor counts of official oppression, criminal coercion and indecent assault.
The narrative of the criminal complaint in this case followed a similar pattern to the Dec. 9 case. Icker pulled over a driver while on patrol in Ashley and told her she was driving under the influence and on a suspended license, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that Icker told the victim to exit her car, handcuffed her, searched her vehicle without consent, found a cigarette pack with some cigarettes and half of a blunt, and then placed her in the back of his patrol car.
“What can you do to help me help you?” the complaint quotes Icker as asking.
The victim told investigators that she then realized the officer may have been insinuating a sexual encounter.
“That’s up to you,” Icker allegedly said. He allegedly drove to Conyngham Street Park, and told the victim he was taking her to a police station and was working by himself. He directed her to perform oral sex, then to wash her hands, police said.
As Icker was driving the victim back to her car, he allegedly told her that he’s in his second marriage, has two children and that marriage is boring. As he was dropping her off, he told her, “Sucks this is how we met, hope to see you again,” the complaint states.
Before setting new bail terms, Spagnuolo heard input from Balogh and Icker’s attorney, Bernard John Brown, of Carbondale.
Balogh said law enforcement is still investigating other possible incidents involving Icker.
But without evidence, Brown replied, considering other potential incidents was conjecture.
Brown pointed out that his client surrendered himself to police in the previous case and returned to his home Friday night when he learned police were there seeking to speak to him.
He said Icker has no prior record and no addiction to drugs or alcohol, and that his whereabouts can be monitored. Court rulings have held that someone’s position as a police officer cannot be held against them when setting bail, Brown said.
But Balogh said Icker still has a driver’s license belonging to one of the victims, which he did not return when he turned in his police equipment. The two victims whose allegations are detailed in criminal complaints are afraid of law enforcement, Balogh said.
When the discussion was finished, Spagnuolo set the terms of bail: No contact with the victims, including via second or third party; turning in all law enforcement equipment; and $1 million straight bail.
Icker’s preliminary hearing in the felony case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 2 in Luzerne County Central Court.
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