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Franklin County assistant district attorney charged with assault

Written by Becky Metrick/Chambersburg Public Opinion | Dec 8, 2016 8:08 AM
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(Chambersburg) -- A Franklin County assistant district attorney's employment was terminated after assault charges were filed against him Tuesday.

Gerard Nicholas Mangieri, 33, was charged with misdemeanor assault and cited with summary harassment, according to Cumberland County court documents.

"He has been on administrative leave since I learned he may be the target of a criminal investigation and a (protection from abuse order) had been filed," District Attorney Matt Fogal said. Once charges were filed, Fogal terminated his employment.

Mangieri had been with the district attorney's office for several years, Fogal said.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident on Nov. 14. The arresting agency is listed the Hampden Township Police Department, with the incident listed as occurring in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County. The affidavit describing the incident wasn't available to the Public Opinion Tuesday.

"I am extraordinarily disappointed," Fogal said. "While everyone charged with a crime enjoys the presumption of innocence in court, a DA's Office employee who is charged with any crime is per se unfit to continue to perform duties."

Mangieri appeared for arraignment Tuesday and was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 21.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and Public Opinion Online.

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