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House arrest for Farrell ex-cop, former Stoneboro Police Chief

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MERCER, Pa. -

A former Stoneboro Police Chief and Farrell Police Officer has been sentenced to four months of house arrest after being caught having sex with a prostitute while on duty and pocketing money donated for a police K-9 program.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Wallace handed down the sentence Friday to 35-year-old Tyler Valimont of Fredonia.

Valimont pleaded no contest in May to theft by deception in one case, and in another case entered the same plea to obstructing justice, official oppression and patronizing prostitutes.

In January of last year, Valimont came under investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General for allegations which include prostitution and tampering with evidence.

A criminal complaint was filed in January charging Valimont with official oppression during a search, two counts of tampering with or fabricating evidence, obstructing the enforcement of the law, and patronizing prostitutes.

According to the complaint, while Valimont was on duty as a Farrell police officer on November 7, 2016, he met behind a dentist's office with a prostitute he had contacted through the online classified website, backpage.com.

In September of last year, State Police charged Valimont with theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition.

PSP says Valimont was raising money from March 2016 to August of last year through a fundraiser and allegedly telling people that it would go towards training his dog so that the police department could have a certified police K-9.

Valimont allegedly created an account on a popular crowd-funding site asking the community for donations. PSP says the funds were automatically deposited into Valimont's personal checking account.

Troopers also said Valimont approached local businesses and soliciting donations.

Pennsylvania State Police say a total of 33 victims donated more than $4,700 to Valimont, all of which were then deposited directly into his personal account.

Investigators say only $100 of the donations were spent on a deposit for a dog to be trained at a facility in Tennessee.

The court ordered Valimont to make restitution.

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