www.cumberlink.com / 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.”