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Pa. state constable gets probation for impersonating police officer

An elected state constable received two years of probation after he falsely claimed to be a police officer. Christopher Musti, 40 of Scranton, pleaded guilty to impersonating a public servant, a second-degree misdemeanor, in November, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. He resigned as an elected state constable in 2016. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse banned Musti from working in law enforcement and ordered him to continue his mental health treatment. Musti, who has bipolar disorder, is required to take his medication and live under the care and protection of his parents. The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that Musti knocked on the door of a Blakely home and claimed he was a policeman looking for a man in December 2015. Musti left when that man emerged and tried to get the license plate number of his car, according to a police report. Musti told an investigating police officer he thought the word "cop" stood for "constable on patrol," according to the report. Musti also previously served on the Scranton School Board. The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that Musti had been arrested a couple times previously. In 1998, he was charged with trying to help a man wanted in a hit-and-run crash flee police. Those charged were later dismissed. In 2007, Musti was sentenced to two months of house arrest and more than three years of probation for setting fire to a city home he owned.

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