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Former Penn Township employee enters probation program for handgun incidents

Rich Cholodofsky
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Dallas Leonard
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Dallas Leonard

A former Penn Township employee was sentenced Wednesday to serve one year on probation for taking handguns to the municipal building and pointing them at two employees.

Dallas W. Leonard, 65, who is a Penn-Trafford school director, was charged in September with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary offenses of harassment.

In court on Wednesday, Leonard agreed to participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio said Leonard's probation term could be reduced to six months if he complies with all of its conditions.

In addition to regularly reporting to the probation office, the judge ordered that Leonard have no contact with the two township employees who accused him of brandishing guns.

By entering the ARD program, Leonard was not required to plead guilty to the charges and can have his criminal record expunged at the conclusion of his sentence.

Police charged Leonard after two co-workers claimed he brought handguns to the township building in Harrison City to show them off and pointed the weapons at them. Both men told police they didn't know whether the guns were loaded.

Leonard worked for the township for more than 25 years, most recently as its community development director. He processed applications and permits for various land uses, such as subdivisions and building permits, as well as property maintenance complaints.

Leonard retired last month, and township commissioners voted to award him a severance package that totaled more than $45,000.

Leonard earned an annual salary of $77,000 at the time he retired. He had been off the job and received workers' compensation benefits for several months before his arrest.

He was elected to the school board in 2007 and serves as vice chairman of the Penn Township Sewage Authority.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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