Charges dismissed against fired Ross cop accused of illegally using computers - North Journal

Charges dismissed against fired Ross cop accused of illegally using computers

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 11:25 AM

All charges have been dismissed against a Ross Township police officer accused of illegally using department computers to search internal files.

District Judge Daniel Butler on Thursday dismissed the two felony counts of unlawful use of a computer filed July 22 against Mark Sullivan by agents from the State Attorney General’s office.

Ross police launched the probe that led to Sullivan’s arrest after they learned an employee had accessed internal files without permission.

Police said they contacted an outside law enforcement agency to investigate after the breach was detected.

Karissa Hand, deputy press secretary for the office of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, declined to comment on the case except to confirm that the charges against Sullivan were dismissed.

Sullivan, 39, was placed on paid administrative leave when the investigation began in January – but that ended on Aug. 5 when Ross commissioners voted to fire Sullivan, who had been with the department for eight years.

Ross’ employment policy does not require the board to take action against a police officer who is charged with a felony.

But the state Confidence in Law Enforcement Act mandates that an officer be suspended from duty if they are charged with a felony, and fired if they are convicted.

Township officials declined to comment on the case, saying it is a personnel matter that cannot be discussed publicly.

Sullivan could not be reached for comment.

His lawyer, Charles Porter, did not respond to several requests seeking comment.