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DA says retired trooper agrees to plea deal

May 24, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A former Pennsylvania State Police trooper charged with allegedly stalking and harassing a woman over the course of more than two years has struck an agreement to plead no-contest to three charges and serve probation, Fulton County District Attorney Dwight Harvey said Tuesday.

The retired trooper, Carl P. Dixon, who was 41 at the time of his April 11 arrest, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Thursday at the District Court in McConnellsburg, but has since waived that hearing, Harvey said.

As part of the agreement, Dixon is expected to enter no-contest pleas sometime in June at the Court of Common Pleas to harassment, defiant criminal trespass and criminal coercion in exchange for a probation sentence, Harvey said.

Dixon's attorney, David Keller, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday.

Dixon, of Greencastle, Pa., allegedly stalked a 32-year-old McConnellsburg woman, fondled her breasts, slapped her buttocks and made sexual comments to her during several visits to her home while on duty between December 2003 and January, according to published reports.

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He was charged through a criminal complaint filed through the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, Internal Affairs Division, according to an April 12 written release from state police.

He retired from state police the day before his arrest, according to published reports.

Harvey said Tuesday that with Dixon's clean record, sentencing guidelines for his charges did not call for a sentence longer than 90 days, a potential sentence that he said only would have been imposed if Dixon was convicted on all charges.

Dixon originally was charged with two counts each of criminal trespass and official oppression, eight counts of indecent assault, and one count each of harassment and stalking, according to the April 12 written release.

According to published reports, Dixon met the 32-year-old woman while helping another trooper with an incident in which the woman was involved in April 2003. He started visiting her not long after that under the pretext of helping her win custody of her child, according to published reports.

Dixon allegedly has forced his way into the woman's home and has allegedly intimidated the victim's boyfriend, according to published reports.

Harvey said Tuesday that the victim "certainly did not oppose this" plea agreement.

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