Alleged Victim Exploring Legal Options For Suit Against Officer
WILKES-BARRE — At least one woman who alleges an Ashley police officer pressured her into performing oral sex to avoid being arrested has contacted a local law firm in an effort to initiate legal action.
Attorney Theron J. Solomon of the Dyller Law Firm on Wednesday confirmed at least one of the alleged victims of suspended Ashley police officer Mark Icker has contacted the firm, and that attorneys are now exploring the possibility of a lawsuit.
“We’ve been contacted, and these are clear civil rights violations,” Solomon said. “We’re investigating them and discussing options about going forward.”
Solomon declined to specify how many alleged victims the firm had been in communication with, but he urged any other victims to call 570-829-4860.
Icker, 29, of Dickson City, is charged with pulling over the two women in separate encounters while on patrol in Ashley last month.
Police said he then blackmailed them into performing oral sex on him in exchange for not being arrested.
Icker is facing felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault, in addition to misdemeanor counts of official oppression, criminal coercion and indecent assault.
A preliminary hearing scheduled at central court Wednesday morning was continued until Jan. 9 so the defense could retain a stenographer.
Icker is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1 million, an amount defense attorney Bernard Brown has challenged as being “irrational.”
A hearing on the bail reduction effort has been set for Friday morning before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough.
Icker, meanwhile, is suspended from police departments in Ashley, Sugar Notch and Jessup.
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