After pleading guilty to inappropriate contact with minors and other charges, a Newport judge will resign.
After pleading guilty to several charges, including inappropriate contact with minors, a Perry County Magisterial District Judge will resign at the time of sentencing.
On Thursday, Michael E Schechterly, a magisterial district judge in Newport, pleaded guilty to inappropriate contact with minors, intimidating a witness, and obstructing a state constable’s investigation into sexual misconduct.
“By entering this plea, the defendant acknowledges that he is responsible for his crimes and that he will be held accountable.
“No one, regardless of their position of power, is above the law,” Attorney General Shapiro said.
“Anyone who abuses their authority to harm Pennsylvanians will continue to be investigated and prosecuted by my office.”
Schechterly, 58, of Newport, was charged in November 2020 after the Pennsylvania State Police investigated his mistreatment of children.
Investigators discovered that Schechterly had repeated inappropriate contact with minors at his home.
Schechterly also admitted to intimidating a witness in a state constable’s sexual misconduct investigation.
Schechterly admitted to bribery of minors, witness or victim intimidation, official oppression, and obstruction of justice.
He appeared in front of Cumberland County Judge Jessica Brewbaker.
State police discovered two women who made allegations against a state constable working out of Schechterly’s district court office between 2013 and 2020 during the course of an investigation.
Schechterly was made aware of complaints against the constable in February 2013, according to investigators.
According to Shapiro’s office, Schechterly used his official authority to summon the first victim and the constable to his office to discuss a case in which he had jurisdiction.
According to the attorney general’s office, Schechterly had jurisdiction over her case as a Perry County Magisterial District Judge until 2015, which prevented the victim from coming forward and prevented her from reporting the incident for nearly six years.
The charges are the result of a five-year investigation by Pennsylvania State Police in Newport and the Perry County District Attorney’s office into Schechterly’s behavior in both his courtroom and at his home.
Shapiro’s office took charge of the investigation.
The charges stem from his interactions with at least one 12-year-old child at his home and in the courtroom…
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