PSP, Internal Affairs files charges against Trooper Barry R. Tangert Jr.

Harrisburg trooper faces threats charges in Cumberland County

Heather Stauffer, Sentinel Reporter,  /  December 29, 2009

A state police trooper in the Harrisburg barracks has been suspended without pay on charges of trying to influence a case, according to state police.A press release issued by the Bureau of Internal Affairs said Barry R. Tangert Jr., 45, of Harrisburg, was charged today with threats and improper influence in official and political matter, a third-degree felony, and criminal attempt to obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Police wrote that Tanger contacted Cumberland County First Assistant District Attorney Jaime Keating on Aug. 4, 2008, and said he had information about a case Keating was prosecuting.

Tangert was not officially involved in that case, according to police, but he met with Keating at his office and said the defendants were his friends and he believed they were innocent.


“Tangert told him he could interrogate the victim, put pressure on her and she would recant her story,” police wrote. “Keating declined the offer. The following day, Tangert contacted Keating and told him he would contact the press and later prepared a list of criminal charges against Keating, which Tangert intended to file.”



2 responses to “PSP, Internal Affairs files charges against Trooper Barry R. Tangert Jr.

  1. It’s amazing how so many people are so quick to jump to conclusions when they don’t even know all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. I do agree that there is a lot of corruption in our legal system, but not all cops are “bad”. I happen to know all of the details in this case because I am a personal friend of one of the people involved. The facts are as follows; The teenage girl who made the accusations lied, which is why she failed to appear in court- NOT because she was pressured into recanting. Many of the details of the alleged abuse that she initially reported contradicted later statements that she made and the description she gave of the place where this supposedly occured was inaccurate. Now, don’t get me wrong- being the mother of a 14 year old girl who was sexually assaulted (which the man accused happens to be my ex-fiance and is now serving a prison sentence), I firmly believe that sex offenders should be penalized to the fullest extent of the law but I also am well aware that not all teenagers are completely innocent and some DO tell lies. So, in light of this, Barry Tangert was only trying to help out people who he knew in his heart were innocent and did nothing more than try to do his job by upholding the law!

  2. shirley obrien

    we live in a sorry world, and above all no one cares, if it was one of their children it would be a different story!

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