HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Sapiro announced the arrest of a suspended Pennsylvania state constable who worked in Lansford, Carbon County.
George Bottomley, 41, is accused of abusing his authority by soliciting at least seven women for sex.
Officials say Bottomley was arrested following an investigation by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
He is facing charges of promoting prostitution, bribery in official and political matters, obstructing administration of law or other government function and involuntary servitude.
According to investigators, for more than five years Bottomley offered to “help” at least seven women by paying their court costs and fines, or overlooking warrants issued for their arrest. In exchange, he encouraged the women to have sex with him.
Officials say two women had sex with Bottomley because they felt obligated to do so because of Bottomley’s constable position.
Five other women gave similar accounts to investigators. One woman told authorities that he offered to give her money so her boyfriend could pay off the outstanding fines that he owed to the district court where Bottomley was assigned.
Bottomley appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary arraignment. He was released after posting 10 percent of $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for April 26.
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