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Charges Dismissed Against Former Schuylkill County Police Chief

POTTSVILLE -- A magistrate has thrown out charges against the former police chief of Gilberton borough, saying there was simply "not enough evidence."

Charges against Mark Kessler of Frackville -- known for his profanity-laden YouTube videos that subsequently went viral and cost him his job in 2013 -- were dismissed Tuesday in Schuylkill County.

Kessler was accused of making false statements on paperwork while trying to purchase a firearm in February.

6 comments

    • Robert

      This judge did nothing wrong. The case brought against Mark was poorly thought out by DA’s office. That reflects more upon the incompetence of the Schuylkill county DA than the judge in this case. The employee that was present when the application was filled out was not available for the hearing. There is also some question related to the proper filling out of this application to purchase firearms. As the employee was not available to answer questions by Mark’s lawyer it was a no brainer to dismiss. Whether or not charges can be refilled, be at ease with the fact the PICS system does work.

  • Tim

    Only about 3% of cops ever charged with a crime ever get found guilty, so this shouldnt really be surprising to anyone.

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