Trooper OKs settlement with judge, officer

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker tmorgan@timesleader.com
Law & Order Reporter

SCRANTON – A Pennsylvania state police trooper who alleged he was the victim of a “sham” investigation has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit against a Luzerne County judge and detective, according to court papers filed Thursday.

Trooper Martin Connors reached the settlement with Judge David Lupas, who was sued in his former capacity as county district attorney; and Detective Michael Dessoye, according to a letter from a mediator assigned to hear the case.

Connors, who is stationed at Wyoming barracks, filed the suit in 2007 against Lupas, Dessoye and several other law enforcement officials, as well as his ex-wife, Lori, and her father, Robert Pace.

The suit alleged that in 2005 Lori Connors falsely accused Martin Connors of molesting their then 5-year-old daughter so that she could gain an advantage in a custody dispute.

Connors alleged Lupas, who served as district attorney at the time of the probe, and Dessoye conspired with Lori Connors to launch the “sham” investigation. No charges were ever filed against Connors as he was cleared of the allegations.

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