SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – Two former Sharon police officers are facing charges surrounding missing department-issued items.
Investigators said 31-year-old Matthew Paul Lehman turned in a false police report about a missing police-issued weapon and duty belt in May 2018.
He later admitted in March 2019 that he lied in that report, according to a criminal complaint. Investigators said he initially told them he was home alone when the weapon and belt went missing.
However, Lehman said those things actually came up missing after 25-year-old Kaillie Marshall spent the night with him at his house, the criminal complaint states.
Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker said Marshall also lied to police in regard to that investigation. According to the criminal complaint, she said she was not at Lehman’s house when his weapon and belt went missing.
“We believe, based upon other information that we developed during the interview, that she was,” Acker said.
According to the criminal complaint, cell phone data led investigators to believe Marshall was at Lehman’s house that night.
Investigators said Marshall also accessed the Sharon Police Department’s computer system without permission 11 times, printing duplicates of the theft report and documents related to the missing items and then giving them to Lehman.
“She allegedly disclosed the information to Officer Lehman,” Acker said.
Police did end up finding the weapon in New Castle, although they’re still investigating how it ended up there.
“Every transfer of that handgun, potentially, is a separate violation and receiving stolen property,” Acker said.
Investigators said there was another incident in November 2018 when Marshall punched Lehman in the face, giving him a black eye and bruises.
Lehman is charged with obstructing law and unsworn falsification to law enforcement, according to court records.
Marshall is charged with simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities, unlawful duplication and computer trespass, according to court records.
Authorities are giving both Lehman and Marshall a chance to turn themselves in.
Sharon Police Chief Edward Stabile said upon discovering potential criminal wrongdoing, the police department worked with the District Attorney’s Office to file charges.
Hired in 2017, Marshall was Sharon’s second female police officer in the department’s history.