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Trooper charged with assaulting, stalking officer

Trooper Alan T. Deffibaugh of Bedford, Pa., also faces charges of indecent exposure, harassment, and intimidation.

Trooper Alan T. Deffibaugh of Bedford, Pa., also faces charges of indecent exposure, harassment, and intimidation.

March 17, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

McCONNELLSBURG, PA. - A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was accused Friday of stalking and assaulting a female trooper, according to Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

Trooper Alan T. Deffibaugh, 40, of Bedford, Pa., was charged with three counts of stalking, two counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure, harassment and intimidation in connection with his alleged behavior toward the female trooper, according to a state police news release.

Deffibaugh was released on $20,000 unsecured bail after he was charged, according to the release.

The release said Deffibaugh allegedly committed the offenses between March 14, 2005 and Sept. 29, 2006.

Deffibaugh allegedly committed the indecent assault, stalking and harassment while he was both on and off-duty in Bedford and Fulton counties, troopers said.

Most of the stalking, indecent assault and indecent exposure charges are misdemeanors.

One of the intimidation of witnesses or victims charges is a felony.

The department's internal investigation is on hold until the case makes its way through the criminal courts, said Trooper Linette Quinn, spokeswoman.

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Deffibaugh was suspended without pay Friday, Quinn said.

Quinn could not say whether the female trooper was stationed in the same barracks as Deffibaugh, but "they have worked together," she said.

The investigation into Deffibaugh's alleged actions began in September. Another internal investigation brought the allegations to light, Quinn said.

Deffibaugh enlisted with the Pennsylvania State Police in May 1999, troopers said.

The name of the female trooper was not released.

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