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ASHLAND -- A deputy sheriff left his job Thursday in the midst of a state police investigation into his conduct and relationship with a boy.  The deputy is also the mayor of Ashland.

Some people say Dennis Kane is well respected. He's the mayor of Ashland, and was a Schuylkill County deputy sheriff for 30 years.

Now there is word of a state police investigation into the Facebook messages between Kane and a 16-year-old boy.

“It was very sexual and it was very inappropriate of a man his age and his position to be talking to a minor the way he was… Wanting to know how many sexual partners he had, who they were and quote, ‘I’ll be thinking about it.’”

We talked to a woman who filed the complaint. We're not identifying her to protect the teen's privacy.

“Shame, shame on you, Dennis. That's about all I got to say.  Don’t blame me for this. You should have thought what you were doing before you got behind that keyboard.”

We went to Dennis Kane’s home and no one answered the door.  Late in the day Kane called and denied doing anything wrong and said he will not resign his position as mayor of Ashland. Kane also denies his retirement as deputy sheriff is connected to the state police investigation.
“He’s been talking about resigning, retiring rather, for quite some time now because of his 30 years of service,” said Schuylkill County Sheriff Joe Groody.

When asked if the retirement was due to the investigation, the sheriff said, “I cannot confirm or deny that.”

Sheriff Groody is Kane's former boss.

“He did a good job of running this office and he always acted in a professional manner and still does, as far as I'm concerned.”

There is no word on when state police will conclude their investigation into the conduct of Dennis Kane.


  • yobot

    You can’t edit Facebook messages that someone has sent you. I don’t think a teen boy would do that just for a laugh, how do they benefit from that? I think this can be a lot more serious than people are saying, “It’s just an allegation”. Get outta here. Dennis Kane has ran the d.a.r.e. program for years. There could be other people out there that he has done this to. Why would he be messaging a 16 year old boy in the first place? Completely unprofessional & just plain creepy.

    • BAS

      It is a transcript of Facebook chat. Open your messages from someone and paste the onto a word document. Now you can change whatever you want and just print it out! Now if you have read this transcript as most of Ashland has (it has been passed all around in Facebook pm’s), you would have your suspicions to to. What would anyone gain by doing anything stupid? Nothing. I am not blaming the child, if this is true I hope the law treats Mr Kane just like it would treat any common citizen, NO special treatment. I wish both families peace and strength.

  • Joey

    He ran the dare program in Northern Schuylkill for over 25 years… I really hope this is not true or this could be another big scandal with numerous other victims coming forward.

  • concernedskook

    Great, he will be allowed to retire probably with full pension paid by taxpayers for the rest of his horrible life. What a scumbag.

  • BAS

    Its is in situations like this that I dislike media. Destroy this mans entire life and the lives of his family members and this is an allegation! One word against another! No proof what so ever yet, they are, “trying to get the original Facebook. records. Anyone know how easy it is to alter a Facebook message after it has been copied and pasted? What happens when original transcript proves the copy was altered? Who is going to give this man and his family back what they have lost?

      • Joey

        Wait a minute if you get facebook corporate to authenticate the original messages… there is no way they could be edited.

      • BAS

        If you listen to the news report carefully you will hear they are, ,TRYING to get the original transcript. That’s my whole point here. There is no proof right now just allegation.

      • JBR

        Actually that isn’t editing a Facebook message, that’s just editing a copy of a facebook message in an archive. In case you were unaware, officials are permitted to invade your account AND print out the exact un-edited archived messages which are saved forever, regardless if you deleted them at any time– even from people you have unfriended OR have blocked etc. In fact, you can request a copy of all of your facebook history if you want, and it’s emailed to you in PDF format. So, the whole “editing” thing is pointless and irrelevant. If he had inappropriate conversations, don’t worry– the right people WILL read them in their fullest.

  • hopefiend

    dude he ran D.A.R.E. for a minute in schuylkill county. I wonder how many other people he’s creeped on.

  • Mike Jones

    Why did sheriff groody say resign and then choke on his words and say retire when he was talking about Kane, probably cause he’s a know good liar protecting a pedafile

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