A Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy allegedly lied about the number of hours of community service he worked as part of a program aimed at expunging an earlier count of retail theft, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Deputy First Class Mark B. Jordan, 28, of Shrewsbury Township, Pa. was charged Sept. 13 with felony perjury as well as three misdemeanors; two counts of false swearing and one count of tampering with public documents, according to court records. He was released on $10,000 bail.
The new charges were filed after Pennsylvania State Police said Jordan did not complete 24 of 50 community service hours mandated by a Pennsylvania court as part of a pre-trial diversion program, despite submitting sworn, notarized documents stating he met the requirements. The program would have allowed Jordan to clear his record before facing a hearing on the theft charge.
Jordan was charged July 18 with retail theft after Pennsylvania State Police said he placed two handheld radios and a flash drive worth a total of $50.75 into his daughter’s backpack and walked out of the Shrewsbury, Pa. Wal-Mart on July 8.
According to the office of Magisterial District Judge Jeff Joy, who presided over the original retail theft case, Jordan initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but on Aug. 15 applied to the York County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The program allows certain non-violent offenders to have charges against them dropped, while not admitting guilt, and see their records potentially expunged if they meet court-ordered requirements.
Joy accepted Jordan into the program and set the number of community service hours Jordan needed to complete at 50, his office said. However, the exact methods by which he would serve those hours was determined by the York County Probation and Parole Department.
Pennsylvania State Police said that less than two weeks after being assigned to the ARD program, Jordan submitted “sworn, notarized documents” indicating he had worked all 50 hours of community service, 24 of them at the Shrewsbury, Pa. YMCA.
State Police said a subsequent investigation revealed that Jordan did not complete any hours of service at the YMCA.
Jordan was suspended with pay on July 9, Harford County’s Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said at the time. Agency spokesman Capt. Keith Warner said Tuesday that Jordan was suspended without pay during the week of Sept. 10, the same time the new felony charge was filed. Warner said he did not believe Jordan had returned to service since his initial suspension.
According to Pennsylvania online court records, Jordan is scheduled to appear at a summary hearing before Joy on Thursday. Joy’s office said a preliminary hearing on the perjury and falsification charges has been delayed pending the assignment of a new judge, as Joy has recused himself from that case.
Before entering the ARD program, Jordan faced a first-offense penalty of a fine between $100 and $250 for pleading guilty to the retail theft charge, state police said.