McHugh’s lawyer said Friday that he was new to the case and unable to comment. Phone and email messages seeking comment were left for lawyers listed on the docket as representing Schauer and Donkochik. A phone message seeking comment was also left for Mount Carmel’s current chief, Chris Buhay.
The indictment accuses the three men of trying to hide their alleged crimes by avoiding cameras and lying about the victims.
Grand jurors wrote that the three “falsely reported that arrestees acted in a manner requiring violence and then falsely charged arrestees with criminal offenses,” including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Schauer is accused of pushing a man down a flight of stairs five years ago, injuring him. Donkochik was accused of using pepper spray against a man as well as punching, kicking and dragging him. McHugh, according to the indictment, punched a man in the face and “threw him against walls,” and slammed a woman’s head against a wall.
Mount Carmel is a town of about 6,000 people 110 miles (177 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia, in what was once a thriving coal mining region.
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Published: 2023-06-16 20:28:26