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Former Pennsylvania judge faces sentencing for stealing cocaine from evidence kept in chambers


WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania judge who resigned three years ago was due in court to be sentenced on charges that he stole cocaine from evidence he ordered kept in his chambers instead of police custody.

Fifty-nine-year-old Paul Pozonsky resigned in June 2012, a month after Washington County's president judge removed him from hearing criminal cases.

Pozonsky moved to Alaska and was charged a year later with stealing the drugs, some of which he replaced with baking soda.

Pozonsky pleaded guilty to theft and other charges in March and was scheduled to return to the county where he served as a Common Pleas judge for 13 years for sentencing Monday.

Pozonsky has been free on bond since his guilty plea.

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