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Judge who arraigned Sandusky got donation from Second Mile chairman in 2007

In this Dec. 28, 1999, photo, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is carried off the field after a victory in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M.
In this Dec. 28, 1999, photo, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is carried off the field after a victory in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M. Centre Daily Times/MCT

Robert Poole, chairman of the state board of directors for The Second Mile, contributed about $2,400 to the campaign of Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot in 2007, according to Dutchcot’s campaign finance reports.

Dutchcot arraigned Jerry Sandusky and set the $100,000 unsecured bail, after the Attorney General’s Office asked for a higher, cash bail and electronic monitoring.

Criticism has arisen that Dutchcot had a conflict of interest with The Second Mile, as a volunteer and donor for the organization Dutchcot.

She has not commented on that issue, saying previously that a judge is not allowed to comment on pending cases. She did not return a message Thursday seeking comment on Poole’s campaign contributions.

Messages left for Poole at his local companies, Poole Anderson Construction and S&A Homes, were not returned.

According to Dutchcot’s campaign finance reports, Robert and Sandra Poole donated $1,463.02 on Oct. 9, 2007, in the form of a fundraiser held at their home. On Oct. 31, 2007, the couple donated $1,000.

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