Second official charged with extortion at Pennsylvania jail

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2016 6:34 PM

(Scranton)_ A second employee at a northeastern Pennsylvania county jail has been charged with extorting money and drugs from inmates in return for special privileges and has agreed to plead guilty.

The charges against Luzerne County guard John Stachokus were filed Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Scranton. They come after 52-year-old Louis Elmy, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty last month.

Elmy worked as a guard at the jail before he became its work-release counselor and faked court orders granting work release privileges to inmates in exchange for money and drugs.

A defense attorney for Stachokus, a 41-year-old from Plains Township, didn't immediately comment on the charges Thursday.

Records show he's signed a plea agreement to acknowledge taking bribes to let work-release inmates take unauthorized furloughs. A court date hasn't been set.

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