DA's office drops tampering case against Hanover constable

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Criminal charges have been dropped for a Hanover constable who had been accused, along with a second constable, of fudging official state forms.

On Monday, April 16, prosecutors withdrew charges against 37-year-old Royce Foltz II, including tampering with public records, unlawful use of a computer, making false statements and theft by deception.

Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, declined comment on Monday.

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"We are unable to speak at this time, as the co-defendant's charges are still pending," he said.

Foltz could not be reached for comment Monday. His defense attorney, John Mooney, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Mooney previously told The York Dispatch that Foltz was still learning how to be a constable when the charges were filed. Foltz was elected one of Hanover's constables in January 2016.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Foltz is being prosecuted for trying to learn a job that has no known notebook of procedures ... or any administrative orders for constable protocol," Mooney said in December 2016.

The case against Foltz's former co-defendant, suspended Hanover-area constable Adam Harris, remains active.

Moving toward trial: Harris, 42, has a pretrial conference on his case scheduled for June 13, according to court records.

He remains free, charged with the same offenses Foltz had been facing, plus a count of receiving stolen property.

Korey Leslie, Harris' defense attorney, said he was unaware that Foltz's charges were withdrawn and has no idea why that happened.

Leslie said there's been no movement on the part of prosecutors to dismiss the case against Harris, who maintains his innocence.

Harris' case is moving toward trial, Leslie confirmed.

According to Mooney, county officials have worked toward creating standardized protocols for constables since Harris and Foltz were charged.

Foltz and Harris were suspended from constable duties in August 2016 by York County Common Pleas President Judge Joseph C. Adams after the allegations surfaced.

Both constables' regular workload included transporting incarcerated prisoners and serving subpoenas, warrants and summonses, attorneys have said.

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The allegations: Charging documents filed in December 2016 by York County detectives stated the two constables improperly submitted constable cost sheets in Harris' name, including while Harris was on vacation in Florida.

It went on from June 18 to July 30, 2016, according to charging documents.

Foltz was submitting paperwork to York County on behalf of Harris and signing Harris' name on that paperwork, according to allegations.

The paperwork was seeking payment for warrants and subpoenas allegedly served by Harris, documents state.

A total of 17 costs sheets with 22 total transactions are suspect, documents state. The 22 transactions total $726, of which Harris was paid $330 for 11 of them, according to documents.

Login information: In addition to allegedly filling out and submitting Harris' paperwork, Foltz also used Harris' login information to gain access to York County's MISSILE system, documents allege. The system is a database of people with outstanding warrants.

 In 2008, Harris completed paperwork to be given access to the system, and in that paperwork he acknowledged that sharing his username or password was a criminal offense, documents state.

A Penn Township detective in 2016 told police that Harris confided he'd "screwed up and that he had been training Constable Foltz and had Foltz serve some of his legal paperwork," documents state.

"Harris then said that he (Harris) then submitted the paperwork for payment since Foltz didn't want (to be) paid. Harris told (the detective) that he didn't see anything wrong with that," documents allege.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the area where Foltz was elected constable.