Monroe County Deputy Coroner and Police Officer Had Sex At Death Scene

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — Workers at a coroner’s office in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains respond when someone dies under unusual circumstances, but lately they’ve also had to respond to lurid allegations in a sex scandal that’s generated two lawsuits and a police investigation.

Allegations about the Monroe County coroner’s office were laid out in recent court filings: Sex between a deputy coroner and a police officer at a death scene; stealing prescription drugs and other items from the deceased; an extramarital affair in the woods, carried out during working hours; and showing co-workers cellphone photos of a lover’s male genitalia.

County prosecutors took the unusual step this week of announcing publicly that their investigation into “allegations of misconduct” began before a fired deputy coroner sued in federal court in late August and another deputy, disciplined but still on the job, filed a similar county lawsuit on Sept. 8.

“Right now, it’s just an investigation into some allegations, that’s all,” Chief County Detective Eric Kerchner said this week. He said the goal is “to get an overall view of what’s been happening in the past.”

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen, a Republican who has held the job for 25 years, insists the descriptions of an office spinning out of control are “all false, false allegations” timed to hurt his chances at re-election in November.

“Anything to make sure I don’t win the election,” Allen said Tuesday, before ending a brief phone interview.

The federal case filed Aug. 24 by former deputy coroner Lauren Fizz against the county, Allen, and his wife and top aide Kathleen “Traci” Allen said Traci Allen has essentially taken over the office, including decisions about hiring and firing. Traci Allen did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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  • Paulmatthew22

    Jeez,.These people ever get around to fighting CRIME? and we wonder why cops are having a respect problem?