On Wednesday, we learned Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage is allegedly being confined, during working hours, to his office at the Courthouse.
The only chance he’s got to leave his office is for bathroom breaks.
That’s pretty messed up for someone who’s only been accused of wrongdoing.
Halcovage Confined to Office, Bathroom Breaks at Work in Courthouse
During public comments at the regular Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, July 8, Clerk of Courts Maria Casey let it out that Halcovage’s ability to move about the building has been limited.
And according to her, she still thinks that’s too much freedom for the man she says “prowls the hallways” at the Courthouse “looking for his next victim” of harassment.
These histrionics and more came on a day when Schuylkill County District Attorney Mike O’Pake allegedly handed over an investigation involving Halcovage to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
According to the RepublicanHerald newspaper, Shapiro’s been asked to look into any potential criminal wrongdoing on Halcovage’s part.
Halcovage has been accused of harassing women in the workplace this year. According to an internal investigation at the Courthouse, Schuylkill County Solicitor Glenn Roth says it’s “apparent” that Halcovage violated 3 different workplace policies.
The Halcovage matter was turned over by County administrators to the District Attorney’s office, who then asked the state Attorney General to step in.
Halcovage denies these accusations and promised to fight them in court, should things develop that far.
“Clearly a Threat”
During the public comment session on Wednesday, Casey told Commissioners the fact that Halcovage has been confined to his office at the Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (except for bathroom breaks) shows that “clearly he is a threat.”
Casey indicated that the confinement exercise may not be working entirely. And like at last week’s Commissioners work session meeting, she thinks he should be removed from the Courthouse throughout any investigation.
She admonished the two other Schuylkill County Commissioners, Gary Hess and Boots Hetherington, for not following through on her demands.
“Despite my repeated recommendations, you two ignore that,” she said. “Ban him from all access to the Courthouse. You owe it to the women of this county.”
Casey thinks Halcovage should only be allowed to return to the physical workplace when one of two things takes place: he’s found innocent or he’s been rehabilitated, in her words.
“Neither of those things will happen here, I guarantee you,” Casey said.