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Police Chief Mouchette's trial date now set for next February

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/17/19

A Feb. 10 trial date has been set in the sexual assault case against Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette in Dauphin County Court.

This marks the fourth time that county court has approved a …

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Police Chief Mouchette's trial date now set for next February

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A Feb. 10 trial date has been set in the sexual assault case against Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette in Dauphin County Court.

This marks the fourth time that county court has approved a delay in the legal proceedings against Mouchette, 49, a retired New York City Police detective who became Middletown chief in 2017.

It is the first time, however, that a trial date has been set. Previous court activity involved setting dates for plea court.

Mouchette was to appear in plea court Sept. 23, but his defense attorney requested another continuance. Judge William T. Tully granted it Thursday, according to online court records.

Mouchette on Aug. 21, 2018, was charged with aggravated indecent assault without consent, criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion, and unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, following an investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office into an incident that allegedly occurred in Mouchette’s office in the borough police station at 300 E. Emaus St. on Aug. 13.

According to arrest papers filed by investigators with the DA’s Criminal Investigation Unit, Mouchette tried to rape a woman who had come to his office on Aug. 13 to meet with him.

On the same day that Mouchette was charged he was placed on the status of suspended without pay by Mayor James H. Curry III.

Mouchette is suspended without pay but is still a Middletown employee and is still, officially at least, the borough police chief.

Curry also on the day Mouchette was charged appointed Sgt. Dennis Morris to run the police department in Mouchette’s place as interim chief.

Curry recently held discussions with Steelton Police Chief Anthony Minium, aimed at Middletown hiring him as interim chief on a trial basis for 120 days.

But the deal ran into opposition from the Middletown police union and members of the public. Minium withdrew himself from consideration before council took any action.

Curry appointed Mouchette as interim chief in January 2017 to replace John Bey, who had resigned in December 2016.

Council on Aug. 7, 2017 made Mouchette permanent chief at a salary of $96,000.