Ex-officers charged over missing weapon

JOHN ZAVINSKI | Herald file

SHARON – Two former Sharon police officers have been charged in connection with a missing weapon that belonged to one of them during their time with the department.

Matthew Paul Lehman, 31, of 479 Victory Church Road, Franklin, and Kaillie Marshall, 25, of 864 Highland Road, Sharon, who were living together at one time, were disciplined because of the incident and are no longer Sharon police officers, Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker said.

Acker said Lehman reported that his weapon and duty belt were stolen, and gave an explanation that seemed suspicious. The district attorney did not elaborate on the details of Lehman’s story.

After an internal investigation by the Sharon Police Department, the district attorney’s office began its own inquiry, which covered the period from Nov. 20 to Dec. 14, 2018.

Acker said an investigator saw the gun on Facebook, as someone was trying to sell it. Ultimately, the gun was used in a home invasion in New Castle. New Castle police found that the gun had been stolen from the Sharon Police Department.

“We don’t have any evidence that (Marshall) stole his gun. We’ve heard that theory. We’re actively investigating that theory, and if and when we find out who stole it, they will be charged,” Acker said. “The good news is the gun was recovered, and no one was injured.”

Lehman was charged with obstructing the administration of law and unsworn falsification to authorities. Marshall was charged with unlawful duplication, criminal trespass, unsworn falsification to authorities and assault in connection with the case.

Marshall is accused of punching Lehman, who was then her boyfriend, in the face, causing a black eye and bruised face on Nov. 20, when the couple lived together.

She also is accused of printing duplicate search warrants concerning the theft of Lehman’s police-issued weapon and belt, removing the duplicate search warrants from the Sharon Police Department without authorization and showing them to Lehman, the district attorney said.

According to the criminal complaint, Marshall also accessed the department’s computer system 11 times without authorization, printed theft reports and documents related to the stolen weapon and belt and gave the reports to Lehman at their joint residence.

The pair is also accused of lying when asked if Marshall was at Lehman’s residence when the gun and belt were stolen.

Lehman and Marshall have not yet been taken into custody.

Sharon police Chief Edward H. Stabile said pursuing the case was necessary to uphold the highest standards of integrity.

“Upon discovering potential criminal wrongdoing by these two prior officers, the Sharon Police Department notified and consulted with the district attorney’s office to ensure an independent decision could be made on the disposition of these cases,” Stabile said in a statement.

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