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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Trooper charged in lewd calls


By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — A state trooper who lives in Milton has been charged with making lewd phone calls to a Northumberland salon owner.

Jeffrey Francis Diggan, 37, of 631 Red Hill Road, was mailed the charges from the office of Sunbury District Judge Robert Bolton.

He faces three counts of harassment filed by Cpl. Gregory Bernard of the state police Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.

Mr. Diggan works as a trooper in the Bureau of Research and Development in Harrisburg.

About seven years ago, he was assigned to the state police station at Milton, trooper Matthew Burrows said.

State police press secretary Jack Lewis said Tuesday that officials haven’t determined what his work status will be. "Typically if a charge is filed, the officer would be restricted to desk duty but he already has a desk job," he said.

Mr. Diggan could be suspended without pay.

If convicted, he faces two charges that are misdemeanors of the third degree with maximum penalties of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine each. The other harassment charge is a summary offense.



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