March 25, 2013
Beaver County Sheriff Arrested, Charged With Threats, Assault
HARRISBURG-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the arrest of Beaver County Sheriff George David. Sheriff David faces several charges, including Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, and Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims.
The charges against David were recommended by The Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which began hearing evidence on the case back in 2012. The Grand Jury was told that David threatened a campaign volunteer, saying he would "cut (the man's) hands off and eat them." He also threatened a newspaper reporter in front of witnesses, waving a gun and saying he would "blow (his) brains out."
"It's not enough for law enforcement officers to simply abide by the law. They must also set a good example for others," said Kane. "Sheriff David failed on both counts. He will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
The evidence against David is detailed in the Grand Jury Presentment. He faces eleven criminal charges:
Sheriff David was arraigned today in front of Magisterial District Judge Tim Finn. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.
MDJ Finn ordered David not to have contact with any victims or witnesses, and restricted his access to the courthouse. Finn also ordered that David must surrender his blackjack to PSP, and prohibited him from carrying a firearm.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m. in Central Court.
(A person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.)