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Jessup Police Suspended Part-time Officer Over Ashley Misconduct Probe

December 24, 2018
Jessup Police Suspended Part-time Officer Over Ashley Misconduct Probe

Jessup Police Chief Joseph Walsh suspended a part-time officer earlier this month when he learned authorities in Luzerne County were investigating claims that he pressured a woman for sex during a traffic stop.

Police in Luzerne County say Mark E. Icker, 29, of Dickson City, who also works for departments in Ashley and Sugar Notch, told two women on separate occasions in Ashley that he wouldn’t arrest them in exchange for sexual favors.

He’s locked up in Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

Walsh took Icker’s badge and station keys and removed him from the schedule, he said. The chief contacted the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to suspend Icker’s credentials.

He also asked the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office to investigate Icker’s behavior while working in Lackawanna County.

In an email Saturday, District Attorney Mark Powell said his office opened an investigation, but wasn’t aware of any allegations against Icker in Lackawanna County. The investigation remains open, and Powell encouraged any victims to contact his office at 570-963-6717.

Jessup hired Icker in May, and Walsh said as far as he knew, Icker always worked with a partner.

Contact the writer:

joconnell@timesshamrock.com

570-348-9131; @jon_oc

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