NANTICOKE — A suspended state police trooper accused of molesting a young girl in Mountain Top on Friday reached a plea deal that will spare him a felony conviction.
Patrick Finn, 46, was facing misdemeanor charges of indecent assault as well as a felony count of corruption of minors. In a plea deal reached prior to a hearing Friday, prosecutors dropped the indecent assault charges and reduced the corruption of minors to a misdemeanor.
The move means Finn will not have to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, the 9-year-old victim told authorities that Finn drinks a lot of alcohol and has previously driven her around while drunk. The girl said she gets scared when Finn is drinking, according to police.
Around 3 a.m. Dec. 4, Finn arrived at a home on South Main Road and crawled into bed with the girl, fondling her as he graphically described how he wanted to have intercourse with her, according to a police affidavit.
Eventually the girl was able to get out of the bed, and she later told her mother what happened. Her mother then got an emergency protection-from-abuse order against Finn, police said.
Finn, a Mountain Top native who was assigned to a state police barracks in Carlisle, is suspended without pay. He remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
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