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Former police officer sentenced in drug case

| Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004

A former municipal police officer from Washington County who resigned after being charged with heroin possession has been sentenced to house arrest.

Joseph H. Impiccini Jr., 27, of 75 Low Hill Road, Centerville, was a corporal on Centerville's police force. The state Attorney General's Office filed charges on Sept. 11, 2003.

According to court documents, the state investigation began after Impiccini got into an auto accident while on duty in May 2003. A report filed by Agent John J. Kaminsky states Impiccini requested medical leave from the department to go into a drug rehabilitation program after the crash.

State agents later determined that Impiccini was buying heroin from a house in the Fayette County community of Keisterville, Menallen Township. He was arrested during a sting operation on Sept. 4, 2003, and charged with possessing 20 packets of heroin.

Fayette County Judge John F. Wagner Jr. sentenced Impiccini to 23 months of intermediate punishment, a form of probation. The sentencing order states Impiccini's first 180 days will be spent on house arrest, but he has been given credit for 48 days spent in drug rehabilitation.

The sentence reflects the terms of a plea bargain Impiccini entered into on July 27.

Impiccini resigned from the Centerville police force after his arrest.

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