Trial Begins for Police Chief Accused of Indecently Assaulting Teen


A trial is scheduled to begin this week in the case of a suspended northeastern Pennsylvania police chief accused of having sexually assaulted a teenage girl almost a decade ago.

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The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports jury selection is scheduled Tuesday in Lackawanna County Court for the trial of Old Forge Police Chief Larry Semenza. Charges against him include indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of a minor, according to court records.

Semenza vehemently denies the charges, according to the paper.

Prosecutors allege that he and former police captain Jamie Krenitsky assaulted the girl beginning in 2004 when she was 15 and a junior firefighter. She said she had a sexual relationship with Semenza through 2007.

Krenitsky pleaded guilty last month to one misdemeanor count of indecent assault. A former borough firefighter pleaded guilty to a similar charge in December.

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