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Court date for former Police Chief Mouchette on sexual assault charges pushed back for third time

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Posted 6/20/19

The legal proceedings against former Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette have been continued for a third time.

Mouchette, 48, was to appear before Dauphin County Court Judge William T. Tully …

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Court date for former Police Chief Mouchette on sexual assault charges pushed back for third time

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The legal proceedings against former Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette have been continued for a third time.

Mouchette, 48, was to appear before Dauphin County Court Judge William T. Tully on June 24. Online court records updated this week show a new hearing time of 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

Mouchette, who lives in Derry Township, is charged with trying to rape a woman during a meeting in his office in the borough police station Aug. 13.

He remains free after having posted $25,000 bail on Aug. 21.

Mouchette is still a borough employee, but has been suspended without pay since the day that the charges were filed against him.

Dennis Morris is listed on the police department’s roster as interim police chief, a position he was appointed to later on the same day that Mouchette was charged.

Defense attorney Kristen Leigh Weisenberger of Perry Shore Weisenberger & Zemlock in Harrisburg filed the request on June 19.

“Plea Court Continued — Defendant Not Ready,” the online records state.

Mouchette on Aug. 21 was charged with two felonies — aggravated indecent assault without consent and criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion — as well as a misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury following an investigation by the county district attorney’s office.

According to the DA’s office, Mouchette sexually assaulted a woman who was meeting him for professional reasons while Mouchette was in uniform in his office in the Middletown police station at 300 E. Emaus St.

Mouchette waived his arraignment in December, and was to appear before Tully on Feb. 4.

That was delayed until April 1, and then until June 24, prior to this week’s most recent continuance.

Mouchette, a retired New York City police detective, was appointed the borough’s interim police chief in January 2017 to replace John Bey, who resigned. Borough council made Mouchette permanent chief on Aug. 7, 2017 at an annual salary of $96,000.