State Police issue Missing Endangered Person Alert for 78 year old Wayne County man
A jury deliberated on the case of Mark Johnson today, one of the seven Lackawanna County Prison guards accused of sexually assaulting female inmates.
The jury found Mark Johnson not guilty of all the charges against him; Institutional Sexual Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Indecent Assault, and Harassment. They deliberated about an hour.
“Today’s a day to take in the verdict and enjoy his newfound freedom and be with his family in the first time in two and a half years with peace of mind. I think Mr. Johnson will make good decisions and move forward with his life in a positive fashion,” said his attorney Robert Levant.
The case was prosecuted by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.
George McHale, the first to go on trial was found not guilty February 7, 2019. McHale has been reinstated and received some $67,000 in back pay. Jeff Staff and George Efthimiou both pleaded no contest to reduced charges. Paul Voglino had his charges dropped saw charges dropped in the case.
The Attorney General’s office released a statement saying, “Two guards have already pleaded to Official Oppression for their roles in this abuse. The Office of Attorney General will investigate and prosecute anyone who takes advantage of their positions of power to harm others, and we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver justice for the victims.”