Kulpmont man found not guilty of harrassing LCE officer
SHAMOKIN - A Kulpmont man cited for harassment Sept. 18 by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement relating to a July 17 disturbance at West End Athletic Club in Mount Carmel was found not guilty of the summary offense during a 90-minute hearing Monday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.
Dennis Lentini Jr., 44, was cleared of the charge due to a lack of evidence, according to the judge. If found guilty, Lentini would have been ordered to pay a fine and costs.
Gembic presided at the legal proceeding after Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel recused himself because he was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.
Lentini, who is a club member and patron at the athletic club at 301 N. Vine St., was accused of repeatedly following Trooper Jessica Naschke, a liquor control enforcement officer, around the club and harassing her by asking numerous questions about her identity. Lentini also allegedly forced the officer to display her driver's license and threatened to run a background check on her through his job with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The bureau said Lentini and other patrons followed the officer while she was leaving the club and told her they would check her vehicle for police items and also check her registration.
In addition to Lentini, four other defense witnesses testified at the hearing. Naschke and Sgt. Jeffrey L. McGinness, district office commander for the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, testified for the commonwealth.