A West York police officer has changed her mind about entering a diversionary program that would allow her to avoid conviction for taping a phone conversation with her former girlfriend.
Bridgette Wilson was supposed to have a hearing on Friday morning to be admitted to the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.
Wilson came to the judicial center, but before the hearing could occur she withdrew her ARD application, according to defense attorney Korey Leslie.
"She wants to go to trial," Leslie said.
A trial date has not yet been set, but Leslie said it will likely be sometime later this summer.
ARD allows first-time, nonviolent offenders to avoid conviction in exchange for completing court-ordered requirements. Defendants who enter the program are not required to admit guilt.
Case met criteria: District Attorney Tom Kearney has said his office approved Wilson for ARD because her case fit the standard criteria that must be met and because the alleged crimes did not violate the public trust.
Wilson, 42, of Timber Drive in Manor Township, Lancaster County, remains charged with two counts of interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communications. Both are third-degree felonies.
She also remains on unpaid suspension from the West York Police Department.
The background: She taped one phone call from former girlfriend Kimberly Patton of Lancaster, and also taped a call made to her by Patton's sister, Kristy Landis of Lancaster.
Wilson taped the calls because she had an active protection from abuse order against Patton and was trying to get proof Patton was violating it, according to Leslie. She then took the tapes to the West York police chief, who began an investigation into Wilson.
"She did it to protect herself -- to show this PFA was continuously being violated," Leslie has said.
Lancaster case: Wilson still has a pending criminal case in Lancaster County, where she's charged with receiving stolen property.
Police said a search of her home for the West York case led officers to find an $800 police walkie-talkie owned by Susquehanna Township Police.
Wilson previously worked for that department and was supposed to have turned in her equipment when she left the department in December 2007, charging documents state.
In addition to being an officer with the West York and Susquehanna Township police departments, Wilson also has been a Lancaster City police officer and a York County sheriff's deputy.
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