I wish to comment on the article published in The Leader-Herald on Jan. 10, "Plea bargain in works for officer." According to the story, Johnstown City Police Chief Mark Gifford previously said, "Schwabrow was arrested after an investigation revealed evidence he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl." According to the story, "Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said after the arrest the alleged rape took place in the city of Johnstown. She said there has been no allegation or evidence of forced sexual contact between Schwabrow and the victim."
The Johnstown chief of police filed the charges against Schwabrow. The chief knows what evidence exists. The district attorney is supposed to be working with the police.
The case has been transferred out of the county. Let them decide what evidence exists. There could be other considerations, such as adultery, alcohol or drugs.
Considering the fact District Attorney Louise Sira is married to a police officer, she shouldn't be commenting publicly on police investigations. That would be a conflict of interest in the case involving a police officer. No one is above the law.
THOMAS J. O'BRIEN