Feds Involved in Criminal Probe of Scranton Police Officer


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Corporal Thomas McDonald is a 17 year veteran of the Scranton Police Department. This all began as an internal investigation and is now expanding.

Because of the investigation, nearly 20 of his criminal cases have been dropped.

Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano confirms that his department began an internal investigation last August after receiving a complaint regarding alleged misconduct on the part of 46 year old Corporal Thomas McDonald.

McDonald is a member of the Scranton Police Department’s Special Investigation Division, handling mostly drug-related cases.

Chief Graziano confirms that while doing the internal investigation, they discovered information that they felt had to be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.

McDonald was first placed on desk duty in August, meaning he had no direct interaction with the public and was taken off the street.

Then, earlier this month, he was placed on paid administrative leave.

We will take a closer look at the criminal cases that were dropped and the part federal authorities are expected to play in all of this.

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