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Sex assault case of ex-Police Chief Mouchette gets delayed once again

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 4/3/19

Dauphin County Court has granted another continuance in the case of George Mouchette, the former Middletown police chief who in August 2018 was charged with trying to rape a woman during a meeting in …

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Sex assault case of ex-Police Chief Mouchette gets delayed once again

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Dauphin County Court has granted another continuance in the case of George Mouchette, the former Middletown police chief who in August 2018 was charged with trying to rape a woman during a meeting in his office in the borough police station.

Mouchette, 48, a retired New York City police detective who lives in Derry Township, was to appear in county court before Judge William T. Tully on April 1.

Instead, Tully on March 27 granted a motion to continue the case until June 24, after the court received a request for continuance from Brian W. Perry, Mouchette’s private defense lawyer, 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 into the Aug. 13 incident at the police station that was conducted 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 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.

Mouchette was appointed the borough’s interim police chief in January 2017 to replace John Bey, who had resigned from the position.

Borough council made Mouchette permanent chief on Aug. 7, 2017 at an annual salary of $96,000.

The Middletown department since Mouchette was charged in August 2018 has been led by Sgt. Dennis Morris, who was appointed interim police chief by Mayor James H. Curry III.

Council ratified the appointment of Morris as interim chief on Sept. 4, 2018.