PA Trooper Convicted of Obstructing Justice

By DAN MILLER, The Patriot-News

A Cumberland County jury today convicted a Pennsylvania state trooper of obstructing justice in trying to get a county assistant district attorney to drop child molestation charges against a woman who the trooper said was his lover.

However, the jury acquitted Trooper Barry R. Tangert Jr. of threatening and exerting improper influence over a public servant. He was also acquitted of retaliation against a prosecutor.

Tangert faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced on March 29 before Judge Kevin Hess, said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office which brought the case against Tangert.

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