Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former Police Chief Charged with Providing Inaccurate Information When Purchasing a Firearm

A former police chief has been charged with providing innaccurate information when he was attempting to purchase a firearm.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville, on 05/05/16, Former Gilberton Police Chief, Mark Kessler, 45, of Frackville  attempted to purchase a firearm at Dunham's Store, at the Schuylkill Mall. Prior to the purchase he completed paperwork as part of a background check associated with the purchase of a firearm. At that time the transaction was denied and no sale occurred.

Following this transaction the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville was assigned to conduct follow up investigation into the transaction.

On 02/17/17, Kessler was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Plachko for providing inaccurate information while completing the paperwork associated with the background check.  Kessler was arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

The case remains open pending a Preliminary Hearing.