Police: Ashley Cop Blackmailed Woman For Sex
ASHLEY — A borough police officer pulled a woman over and blackmailed her into performing oral sex on him to avoid being arrested, according to charges filed late Thursday.
Mark Eric Icker, 29, of Dickson City, is facing misdemeanor counts of official oppression and using the threat of an official action after Luzerne County detectives said he accepted the sexual favor at a secluded park late Dec. 9.
Icker was also charged with sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, both felonies, for a Dec. 2 incident, according to court papers. At press time, no further details were available.
“The allegations are extremely troubling and disheartening,” Ashley police Chief David Fedorczyk said Friday. “These allegations are in no way representative of the good work our officers do on a daily basis.”
According to the complaint, the woman spoke to county detectives a few days after the alleged encounter and appeared nervous and upset, saying she didn’t trust the police and was concerned no one would believe her.
The woman reported she had been driving along North Main Street when Icker passed her in the opposite direction and then turned around. Icker pulled her over along Hazle Street at East Newport Street, police said.
Icker told the woman he pulled her over for speeding and crossing the center lines, and after reviewing her documentation told her he suspected she was driving under the influence, according to the complaint.
The woman gave him permission to search her car and Icker handcuffed her in the back of his patrol car as he did so. After finding a bottle of pills, Icker warned her she could be arrested for driving under the influence because she was on prescription medications.
He also informed the woman, who was free on unsecured bail in another case, that she would go to jail for violating her conditions of release if arrested.
“What can you do to help me help you?” the complaint quotes Icker as asking.
The woman initially said she would try to be a better person and a better mother, but Icker repeated himself, police said. The woman then thought Icker was asking her to do controlled drug buys, and she responded by saying she doesn’t do drugs, according to the complaint.
When Icker repeated the question a third time, the woman realized he was looking for sex, police said. She told him she understood what he was asking but said she didn’t want to get in any more trouble by saying it, according to the complaint.
Icker told her to speak freely and the woman asked if he meant a sexual favor, to which Icker replied, “That’s up to you,” police said.
The woman told Icker they could figure it out, and he then removed the handcuffs, police said. Icker promised not to arrest her if she did a sexual favor, according to the complaint.
Icker brought the woman to police headquarters and pretended to fingerprint her, then took her to a park along Conyngham Street, where he directed her to perform oral sex on him, police said.
Later, Icker brought the woman back to her vehicle and told her to call her boyfriend, whom she had been on her way to pick up. Icker got on the phone and explained that the woman had been pulled over but she was not going to be arrested and that she was trying to get her life back in order, police said.
The complaint said the boyfriend backed up the woman’s account and Luzerne County 911 records showed Icker stopped the victim at 11:51 p.m. Dec. 9 and returned to service at 12:38 a.m. Dec. 10.
During questioning, Icker 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.
Magisterial District Judge Thomas F. Malloy Sr. arraigned Icker on the charges Thursday afternoon and released him on $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 9.
Borough solicitor William E. Vinsko Jr. said Icker worked as a part-time officer for the department but he is no longer on the schedule for upcoming shifts.
“Ashley Borough has taken great pains to make sure that we have a responsive and dedicated police force, and we are going to continue to make sure that we address any situation which arises, especially when there are allegations of this nature,” Vinsko said.
Icker’s attorney, Bernard John Brown of Carbondale, said Icker voluntarily surrendered and is currently examining his options.
“We’re going to do everything we can to place Mr. Icker in the best possible position, given the nature and circumstances of the case,” Brown said. “He’s a father. He’s a husband, and he’s looking to handle this situation in the best manner possible for his family.”
Icker previously made the news in 2013 when he was accused of stealing nearly $4,000 from a fundraiser to benefit a cancer patient in Wayne County, according to a report on WNEP-TV.
At the time, Icker issued a statement saying he “strongly and vigorously” denied the allegations.
Brown said the investigation in that case ended without charges being filed.
“It wasn’t pursued further,” Brown said. “He doesn’t have a record.”
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