Wednesday, February 10, 2021

PA Attorney General Office Ends Investigation into Commissioner Halcovage; No Charges to be Filed

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office said this week that Schuylkill County Commissioner will not face charges after sexual harassment allegations.

In late June, the Schuylkill County Solicitor's office announced that the County Human Resources Department had received allegations against Commissioner Halcovage including claims of sexual harassment concerning several female County Employees.  

After an investigation that took place prior to the announcement, it was reported that Halcovage had violated the Sexual Harassment Policy #2005-18 (Revised September 2013), the Conduct and Disciplinary Action Policy #2005-19; and the Physical and Verbal Abuse Policy #2007-02 (Revised March, 2007).

The following week, Halcovage stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners to "not distract the operations of the county" as the investigation continued.

A week later, on July 7th, 2020, Schuylkill County District Attorney Mike O'Pake handed over the investigation into the allegations to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.

O'Pake's office had been requested by the Human Resources Department to determine if criminal charges were appropriate.  O'Pake felt that the investigation would better be handled by the State Attorney General's office.

This week we learned from the Attorney General Shapiro's office that the investigation ended last week on February 5th, 2021.

The details of their findings were not released but the office said in a statement Skook News received on Wednesday that "Our office made a decision to close the case without filing charges and among our considerations was statutes of limitations. "

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