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Former prison guard charged

August 31, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former corrections officer charged with attempting to sneak prescription painkillers to a pair of Franklin County Prison inmates is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month in Franklin County Central Court.

Daniel Alan Kendle, 32, of 9900 Welsh Run Road, Mercersburg, Pa., is charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal attempt to deliver contraband and criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to the criminal complaint filed Aug. 21 by Pennsylvania State Police. All of the charges are felonies.

Kendle was taken into custody on the afternoon of Friday, July 7, in the parking lot of McDonald's, 1075 Lincoln Way East, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Police allege Kendle met with inmate Scott Alan Dehart the day before and agreed to bring him 15 OxyContin tablets for Dehart and another prisoner, Jeremiah Daniel Baker.

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Kendle arranged through Dehart to meet with a person who was a confidential informant for the police, according to the affidavit. Dehart and Baker called the informant from the prison on the morning of July 7 and told him to deliver the pills to Kendle, police said.

Dehart, 25, and Baker, 23, were both charged with criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to court documents. Warden John Wetzel said Baker is still in the county prison, but Dehart had been transferred to another county where he faces unrelated criminal charges.

Wetzel said Kendle, who is out on bond, was dismissed from his job the Monday after police took him into custody. Kendle had worked at the prison for several years, Wetzel said.

Originally scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Kendle is now scheduled for a hearing Sept. 19, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The Franklin County Drug Task Force participated with state police in the investigation, police said.

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