Former Scranton police officer federally charged with bribery violation


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Former Scranton police officer Thomas Mcdonald has been federally charged with a bribery violation, the United State Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Monday.

Attorney Bruce D. Brandler said, while working as a police officer for the Scranton Police Department in April 2018, McDonald allegedly solicited sex and sexual favors in return for official action from the Scranton Police Department and the City of Scranton.

Court papers say McDonald forced several informants into performing sexual acts, or he would threaten them with the prospect of being jailed.

“I am as appalled and disappointed by this tragedy today as I was the day I first learned that a former member of our force grossly abused his authority, committing vile, repulsive acts,” said Scranton’s Police Chief, Superintendent Leonard Namiotka.

Another Scranton police officer is named in the lawsuit for failing to investigate complaints against McDonald, not notifying superior officers and allowing McDonald to have continued access to female informants.

Scranton police launched an internal investigation into McDonald after they received a complaint about alleged misconduct on the part of McDonald. McDonald was terminated from his position as a Scranton police officer in June 2020.

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