Middletown Police Chief charged with attempted rape, suspended

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Middletown’s Police Chief, George Mouchette, has been charged with attempted rape, and other charges.

According to a statement from Middletown’s Mayor, James Curry, III, a woman made a serious allegation against Mouchette on Thursday, August 16th. 

Court documents show the victim met with Mouchette in his office on Monday August 13th. The victim says Mouchette pulled up her dress, forced her on to his desk, and attempted to sexually assault her. 

The victim says she repeatedly told Mouchette, “No” and asked him to stop multiple times. He did stop when she said she would meet him outside the police department. 

Mayor Curry says he directed the Borough Solicitor to have the District Attorney’s Office begin an investigation. 

Dauphin County District Attorney, Fran Chardo, says the incident is both disheartening and upsetting. 

“But it goes to show that nobody is above the law and we’re going to police our own in every way and we’re not going to look the other way when somebody who is sworn to uphold the law violates it,” said Chardo. 

Criminal charges were filed against Mouchette on Monday including Aggravated Indecent Assault Without Consent, Criminal Attempted Rape, and Unlawful Restraint Causing Serious Bodily Injury.

Curry says Mouchette has been suspended without pay. 

Mouchette is out of Dauphin County Prison after posting $25,000 bail. 

Middletown appointed Sgt. Dennis Miller as interim police chief until the case is resolved. 

CORRECTION: According to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Offices, Mouchette made admissions regarding the incident and apologized to the victim during a telephone call on August 17, 2018. 

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