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Trooper Who Beat Charges He Fondled Girl Remains Suspended

April 20, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — The suspended state trooper who beat criminal charges alleging he fondled a young girl remains suspended pending an internal review, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said Thursday. Patrick J. Finn, 47, was cleared Wednesday of charges of indecent assault and corruption of a minor after presenting an unusual sleeping defense, which resulted in a rare granting of a motion for acquittal. But state police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski said Thursday that Finn has not yet been reinstated. “An internal administrative review of the case is underway,” he said. “During the review, there is no change to Cpl. Finn’s duty status. He remains suspended without pay.” Finn, a Mountain Top native who was assigned to a state police barracks in Carlisle, was accused of fondling a 9-year-old girl at a home in Wright Twp. around 3 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2016. But the girl repeatedly said Finn had been asleep at the time, and defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. argued Finn could not be held responsible for his actions when he was unconscious. On Wednesday, Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough agreed, finding prosecutors had not presented “one scintilla of evidence” that he was awake at the time of the incident. The judge granted Olszewski’s motion after the prosecution rested. Prosecutors say the ruling is final and cannot be appealed. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058