An aide to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been sentenced to three to six months in jail for illegally accessing emails to keep tabs on a grand jury probe of his boss.
Patrick “Rocco” Reese remains free pending appeal.
Reese is a former small-town police chief near Scranton, Kane’s hometown. He made nearly $100,000 a year to be her driver and security chief.
The snooping occurred as Kane was being investigated for allegedly leaking grand jury evidence.
Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter said the fact Reese has a law enforcement background made the crime even worse.
The grand jury probe led to perjury and other charges being filed against Kane.
Reese’s lawyer, who called the contempt finding “flawed and dangerous,” said Reese never knew of the order.