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Judge who arraigned Sandusky got donation from Second Mile chairman in 2007

Robert Poole, chairman of the state board of directors for The Second Mile, contributed about $2,400 to the campaign of Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot in 2007, according to Dutchcot’s campaign finance reports.

Dutchcot arraigned Jerry Sandusky and set the $100,000 unsecured bail, after the Attorney General’s Office asked for a higher, cash bail and electronic monitoring.

Criticism has arisen that Dutchcot had a conflict of interest with The Second Mile, as a volunteer and donor for the organization Dutchcot.

She has not commented on that issue, saying previously that a judge is not allowed to comment on pending cases. She did not return a message Thursday seeking comment on Poole’s campaign contributions.

Messages left for Poole at his local companies, Poole Anderson Construction and S&A Homes, were not returned.

According to Dutchcot’s campaign finance reports, Robert and Sandra Poole donated $1,463.02 on Oct. 9, 2007, in the form of a fundraiser held at their home. On Oct. 31, 2007, the couple donated $1,000.

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