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New Sex Charges Filed Against Officer

February 23, 2019
New Sex Charges Filed Against Officer

NANTICOKE — Suspended police officer Mark Icker faced new charges Friday alleging he demanded oral sex from a woman driving a carload of children to Chuck E. Cheese.

Mark Icker, 29, of 501 Edgar St., Throop, is accused of pressuring a woman he pulled over in Sugar Notch on Nov. 8 — representing the fourth woman he is accused of accosting and the first time the alleged conduct happened somewhere other than where he worked as a part-time officer in Ashley.

According to the complaint, the woman told police she was pulled over on Main Street around 7:30 p.m., purportedly for running a stop sign. Icker, who also worked part time in Sugar Notch, told the woman to exit the vehicle, which contained her boyfriend and her three children who were en route to the children’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Twp., the complaint said.

Icker informed the woman he was having the vehicle towed for a lapse in insurance, and she asked if she could just drive it home instead.

“What could you do for me?” Icker asked as he covered his microphone, according to the complaint.

The woman said she didn’t have any money and asked what Icker wanted, to which he said, “You tell me what you can do for me,” according to the charges.

After a moment, the woman realized Icker was seeking a sexual favor and said she couldn’t help him, police said. Icker then called for a tow.

When the tow truck arrived, the woman went back to talk with Icker, and agreed to give him her number, police said.

 

Icker then allowed the woman to leave with the understanding that she would perform oral sex on him at a later time, according to the complaint.

The woman’s boyfriend questioned how she was able to drive away, and she told him she’d given Icker her number so they could arrange to go on a date, police said.

But the woman never met Icker, despite him texting her about meeting. The woman sent Icker a “provocative” picture with an exposed breast, but Icker continued “harassing” her, the complaint said.

The woman tried explaining she is trying to take care of three children in addition to attending school and that she didn’t have time to meet, but Icker continued contacting her — even using a different number when she blocked his, police said. Eventually she sent another nude image of herself at his request to “buy more time,” the complaint said.

At one point, Icker told the woman she could bring her boyfriend and kids to the police station and leave them in the car so she could “take care” of him, police said.

Luzerne County detectives charged Icker with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, official oppression and coercion.

Magisterial District Judge Donald L. Whittaker arraigned Icker on the charges Friday afternoon and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $250,000.

Icker was previously arrested on charges alleging he pressured two women into performing oral sex on him to avoid arrest, and that he pulled down a third woman’s shirt and groped her after stopping her for driving under the influence.

Those cases all took place in Ashley, where Icker was employed as a part-time police officer. He also worked in Sugar Notch and Jessup.

Icker is facing sexual assault, official oppression and related charges in those cases.

Two of those victims have already filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Icker alleging he violated their constitutional rights.

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