Former Boro Police Officer Sentenced



by Amanda Jones

Echo News Editor

A former Emporium Borough Police officer was sentenced on charges related to inappropriate communication with a minor on Tuesday.

Francis Paul Johnson, age 52, of Weedville, was sentenced to serve 10 to 24 months, less one day, in a county jail facility, followed by three years of probation, and was remanded into the custody of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department following a hearing in front of President Judge Richard Masson.

Johnson was determined to be a Tier II sexual offender through a mandated state assessment, and will be required to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years. He was not determined to be a sexually-violent predator, but the assessment did indicate that Johnson demonstrated narcissistic and anti-social tendencies, cold-heartedness, and had been “grooming” the minor victim for a future relationship.





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