Police officer convicted of violating protective order

April 18, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A county police officer was convicted of misdemeanor charges in Pennsylvania this week related to his violation of a protective order secured by his former girlfriend.

Edward F. Smith, 32, of Manchester, was found guilty of three misdemeanor counts of indirect criminal contempt. York County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Brillhart dropped two other contempt charges.

Smith remains free on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to be sentenced May 30. He could receive a maximum of six months in prison and $1,000 in fines on each count.

Smith is also scheduled to be tried in the Common Pleas Court in May on charges of harassing his former girlfriend by telephone.

Smith is on leave from the Police Department because of a job-related injury. He had turned in his badge and weapon and had been placed on administrative duty after charges were filed against him in October.

Assistant District Attorney Bobby Schefter said Michelle L. Cummings testified during a two-hour nonjury trial Tuesday that three days after she filed for a protection-from-abuse order Oct. 10, 1996, Smith confronted her and her father outside a grocery store. Cummings had gone to live with her parents in September 1996 after ending a seven-year relationship with Smith.

Schefter said her father, John Razani, said Smith wanted to talk to his daughter to try to get her to drop harassment charges placed against him a week earlier.

Cummings testified that Smith made threatening phone calls on Oct. 17 and went to her job Dec. 5, Schefter said.

Schefter said Smith testified that he was at the grocery but said Cummings initiated the conversation. He denied making threatening calls and said he visited the Pizza Hut where Cummings worked, but denied knowing that she worked there, Schefter said.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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