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Police Chief Resigns After Conviction



    Police Chief Resigns After Conviction
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    Borough officials say a suspended northeastern Pennsylvania police chief convicted of misdemeanor counts but acquitted of more serious charges in alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl almost a decade ago has resigned.

    Old Forge Mayor Michele Avvisato told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune that 49-year-old Larry Semenza submitted his resignation Tuesday, effective immediately.

    Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola, who called for Semenza to be fired, said the borough can now "turn the page and move on."

    Semenza couldn't be reached for comment.

    Semenza was convicted of corrupting a minor and failing to report suspected child abuse but acquitted of aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

    Prosecutors said he and another officer assaulted the girl beginning in 2004 when she was 15 and a junior firefighter.

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