ASHLEY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A former Luzerne County police officer used and abused his authority to force women to perform sexual favors. That cop appeared in federal court Friday to learn the penalty he must pay.
Mark Icker, 31, was an Ashley police officer when prosecutors say he would pull women over, intimidate them and force them into sex acts. This in exchange for cutting them a break on traffic charges or any other charge for that matter.
Today, a federal judge scolded him about his abuse of power and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
“Mr. Icker do you want to say anything before your sentencing? To the women involved?” asked Eyewitness News Reporter Andy Mehalshick. Icker did not reply.
He pleaded guilty last November to abusing his authority as a police officer to obtain sexual favors from women while he was on duty in full uniform with the Ashley Police Department. He was first arrested in December of 2018 in connection with one victim. Then, four other women came forward with similar stories of sexual abuse by Icker. Icker said he was sorry at his sentencing.
“I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone in this case, especially the victims, I can’t imagine what they went through.”
Judge Malachy Mannion had strong words for Icker, “This case disgusts me. You abused a position of trust. You are supposed to protect the community—to protect these women. Instead you took advantage of them.”
Judge Mannion says he was so disgusted by Icker’s actions that he rejected the terms of a plea agreement made between prosecutors and defense lawyers that called for a 12 year prison sentence. He increased the sentence to 15 years and ordered Icker to register as a sex offender, saying 12 years was not sufficient punishment for his crimes. Icker’s attorney talked about why his client committed these crimes.
“It was a breakdown of his family that then caused a mental lapse. The court understood that putting in mental health aspect as well,” said Atty. Bernard Brown.
Andy Mehalshick asked Icker for comment as he left court, “Mr. Icker did you want to say—I know you apologized in court—anything to the women?” He did not comment.
Two of the women who were victimized by Icker spoke out in court and they spoke to Eyewitness News after the sentencing. They had a lot to say. It’s been a very emotional time for them. Their interview can be found here.