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Dorsett waives hearing

April 25, 1999

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro attorney Todd Dorsett, charged with hindering in the apprehension of one of his former clients in November, waived his right to an arraignment, a spokesman in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office said Wednesday.

The next step in the case against Dorsett, 38, will be the setting of his trial date in the Court of Common Pleas in Chambersburg, said Kevin Harley, spokesman for the AG's office.

Dorsett also waived his preliminary hearing in December.

He was missing for about a month between November and December until police found him in a motel in Troy, Ohio, according to court records.

Dorsett, a well-known Waynesboro attorney and active Historical Society member, is charged with hindering in the apprehension of Jacob G. Schaff, 28, court records said.

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The Franklin County District Attorney's office recused itself from prosecuting Dorsett because the attorney was a contract employee of the county.

In April 1998 Dorsett was interviewed by Pennsylvania State Police regarding the whereabouts of Schaff, who was wanted for a state parole violation.

Police allege that Schaff was in Dorsett's home the day the two disappeared in November.

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