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Lancaster Co. sheriff accused of sex harassment resigns

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 28, 2017 5:08 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A Pennsylvania sheriff accused of sending pornographic emails to a subordinate has resigned, ending a yearlong effort by local and state officials to remove him from office.

LNP reports Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese is resigning effective July 31.

A judge was supposed to decide Friday whether the 59-year-old could return to his job more than a year after taking a voluntary leave of absence.

Reese's lawyer says in a letter obtained by LNP that Reese has decided to resign.

State lawmakers in April authorized an investigation Reese that could've led to the first impeachment of a state official since 1994.

A county deputy sheriff filed a complaint in July 2016 against Reese, claiming he sent her explicit messages.

County commissioners have said Reese admitted sending pornographic and inappropriate emails to the deputy.

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