June 19, 2013
Sheriff George David formally arraigned
(Harrisburg, PA) Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the formal arraignment of Beaver County Sheriff George David on charges of intimidation and simple assault. In addition, prosecutors today asked the judge to modify and/or clarify the conditions of bail.
When he was originally charged, Sheriff David was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims and eyewitnesses in his case, and to sharply curtail his time at the courthouse. State prosecutors say that the Sheriff was not fully in compliance with those terms. They say he held unofficial press conferences in his office, appeared in casual dress at the courthouse at non-official functions, ostracized the two cooperating deputies, and referenced one of the alleged victims in a public meeting.
At today's hearing, the judge kept all the original conditions of bail in place. In addition, he ordered that Sheriff David not hold any more press conferences on county property.
Prosecutors note that, since the state filed its motion to modify and/or revoke bail on May 20, 2013, the Sheriff has voluntarily limited his time at the courthouse, and has sent a representative to official functions rather than attending them in person.
The case is being prosecuted in Beaver County by Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter.
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