Man Accused In Children & Youth Firebombing Faces Additional Charges

May 17, 2019 GMT

A Plains Twp. man already charged with the fire-bombing of the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services office two years ago is facing charges of attempted witness tampering.

A federal grand jury indicted Philip Finn on the witness tampering charge on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment alleges that Finn on Jan. 31 “instructed a witness to tell law enforcement that he or she does not remember certain events with the intent to cause the witness to withhold testimony during Finn’s trial,” the Justice Department said, in a news release.

Prosecutors allege Finn tossed three incendiary devices into the Children and Youth Services office, on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, on March 6, 2017. Finn had been involved in a dispute with agency caseworkers over a child custody matter.


Finn 49, was indicted in July 2017 on charges of stalking, interstate communications and malicious damage to federal property by fire. In October 2018, he was charged with use of fire to commit a felony.

The 2017 indictment alleges Finn tried to harass and intimidate two Children and Youth Services employees through the use of his phone, email and posts to social media sites.

Finn verbally threatened the employees on March 3, 2017, referencing an assault rifle he owned, the indictment states. He then sent threatening emails to a caseworker on each of the next two days as well as a threatening Facebook message to the ex-husband of one of the employees, according to the indictment.

Finn faces a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted on all counts, according to the Justice Department.

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