Fired deputy has resigned as York County FOP treasurer
A longtime York County sheriff's deputy fired last week and charged with stealing more than $700 from the evidence room of the sheriff's office has resigned his position as an officer of his union lodge.
Troy Senft resigned as treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police York County Lodge 73 immediately after charges were filed against him, according to his attorney, Korey Leslie.
Attorney Ed Paskey, the lodge's solicitor, sent an email to The York Dispatch on Tuesday in response to questions. The email states that Senft's current status with the FOP lodge is a personnel matter. The position of treasurer is a paid position, Paskey confirmed.
Because it's a personnel issue, the lodge won't comment on Senft's status, he wrote.
Paskey did, however, provide a comment as to whether Lodge 73 officials were concerned about possible financial issues in the wake of Senft being fired for allegedly stealing cash.
"As of today, we have no information to suggest that any financial irregularities exist," Paskey wrote. "The Lodge has specific organizational safeguards in place designed to prevent theft of member funds. The Lodge will continue to utilize our normal, periodic auditing procedures to make sure we remain good stewards of member funds."
The background: Senft, 58, of East Manchester Township, remains free on his own recognizance, charged with hindering prosecution by concealing evidence, theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition, tampering with evidence, obstructing the administration of law and two counts of receiving stolen property.
Senft held the rank of sergeant when he was terminated and was the longtime quartermaster of the evidence room under two different sheriffs.
He is accused of twice stealing cash from the evidence room, with the amount totaling $760, according to charging documents.
York County Sheriff Richard Keuerleber has said the evidence room is used to store evidence in cases brought by the sheriff's office. It is not the room that holds evidence in pending trials for criminal cases around the county, he confirmed.
According to charging documents, Senft was interviewed May 3 and eventually admitted to taking cash twice, according to charging documents. The first time was the theft of $710 in January 2014, documents state, while the second theft happened in January 2015.
Senft told investigators he was going through a divorce and needed extra cash, charging documents state.
Two investigations: The fact that cash was missing came to light April 27, and Keuerleber said he immediately opened an internal investigation and asked the DA's office to have county detectives investigate.
Senft and three other deputies who were connected in some way to the case were placed on administrative leave April 28, according to the officials. Senft was terminated May 3, and the other three deputies were returned to duty May 4, documents state.
It's believed there is no other money missing from the evidence room, Keuerleber confirmed.
Leslie, who represents Senft, said although his client has admitted to the thefts, he and Leslie don't agree with all the charges lodged in the case.
Keuerleber said internal changes are being made regarding his department's evidence room to ensure this type of theft can't happen again.
Senft was hired in September 1999, promoted to corporal in 2003 and promoted to sergeant in 2004, according to the release.
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