Man sentenced to 15 years

HARRISBURG – A former Lebanon man will spend 15 years in a federal prison on child sexual abuse charges.

Kerry E. Tropasso, 36, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney David Freed said Tropasso had online contact with a minor and recorded a video of the minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He then uploaded digital images to a commercial printing service.

Tropasso also had a collection of thousands of images and hundreds of videos of suspected or previously identified child pornography.

Freed said the files depicted children in chains being raped by adults and included children as young as 5 years old.

Pension restored to lawmaker

HARRISBURG – A former Pennsylvania lawmaker who served prison time for corruption has won his appeal to get his $20,000-a-month pension restored.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported Tuesday the State Employees’ Retirement System board voted 6-5 to return former Democratic State Sen. Robert Mellow’s pension.

Mellow lost the retirement benefit when he pleaded guilty in May 2012 to allegations that he used taxpayer-funded staff to work on political campaigns. After serving for 40 years, the Scranton-area legislator was entitled to $246,000 a year.

His lawyers argued his crime didn’t compare to the state crimes listed under the pension forfeiture law.

A board spokeswoman says they struggled with the decision. All 11 members declined comment or were unable to be reached.

Mellow’s lawyer says he is “pleased that the law was followed.”

Group calls for resignation

HARRISBURG—The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is calling for the resignation of a GOP lawmaker after an outburst during a committee meeting.

The meeting on Wednesday was derailed briefly when state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe asked his male colleague to stop touching him, suggesting the Democrat might be gay.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said, “I don’t like men, as you might,” after Rep. Matt Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe’s forearm during a meeting of the state government committee Tuesday when drawing his attention. Metcalfe went on to say “you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”

A visibly stunned Bradford laughed and said the meeting was “officially off the rails.” He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called “extraneous issues.”

Bradford’s online biography says he has a wife and children.

Man killed in shooting

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg police are investigating a deadly shooting.

Officers were called to the 400 block of South 16th Street for a report of shots fired around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. They found a 22-year-old man lying on the street with gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital where he was declared dead.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harrisburg police at 717-558-6900.

abc27 and Associated Press

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