Monday, July 26, 2021

Former Scranton police officer pleads guilty to bribery charges for soliciting sex

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Thomas McDonald plead guilty today in federal court to federal bribery charges for soliciting sex and sexual favors from Confidential Informants who were under his supervision.

47-year-old Thomas McDonald plead guilty today in front of U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion for federal program bribery.

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McDonald was a Scranton Police Officer, detective and on Lackawanna county’s drug task force.

From 2018-2019 McDonald solicited sex and sexual favors from 4 female suspects that he arrested.

3 of these women, he hired as C.I.’s (Confidential Informants) for the City of Scranton and the County.

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McDonald would make promises of protection to the woman, attempting to get the judge to lower a sentence and drop charges that should have been filed.

This plea comes after McDonald’s April sentencing for misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, after he sent threating text messages to former colleges after being fired last June.

Currently he is on 8 years probation and in judge appointed rehab for alcohol addiction.

We spoke to Paul Walker, McDonald’s attorney on the way out of the Court House.

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“17 year career as a police officer where 15 of those years were good years. He was a good cop. Well respected as a police officer and he has had a bump in the road. He had a dependency issues and some mental health issues in terms of PTSD for which he has saw treatment and like I have said he has done remarkably well,” Walker explained.

McDonald’s plea today could land him in federal prison for up to 10 years. Followed by a maximum of 3 years of supervised release and a fine up to $250,000.

“He want’s to put things behind him. He wants to move forward. He’s acknowledged responsibility. He has taken responsibility. He has never contested it and he is just moving forward,” Walker said.

Thomas McDonald has been placed on supervised release by the Federal Courts until his sentencing date. This date has not been set.

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