- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The ex-son-in-law of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has been sentenced to six to 12 months in jail for stealing $140 from an alleged drug dealer’s luxury car while he was a Philadelphia narcotics officer.

What 45-year-old Gerold Gibson didn’t know at the time is that the car was wired with hidden cameras and he was being watched by Philadelphia police internal affairs and federal agents.

The January 2013 “integrity test” sting that nabbed Gibson came in response to reports the Gibson had stolen clothes and jewels while searching drug dealers’ homes, The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1JJj9th ) reported.

Gibson was sentenced Thursday by a Philadelphia judge. He was convicted of theft, obstructing the administration of law and other crimes earlier this year after a mistrial on the same charges in September 2014.

Gibson told the judge he instilled strong values in his children and wouldn’t have dishonored his mother by stealing, before explaining his view of what happened that day.

“I guess in my mind set that day there was no one I was stealing from,” Gibson told the judge. “I didn’t deprive anyone of anything.”

But Judge Diana Anhalt told Gibson he was “deluding” himself.

“Integrity is what you do when nobody else is watching,” she told Gibson. “You were caught in a trap doing something when you thought nobody else was watching.”

Gibson’s sentence includes two years’ probation once he finishes his jail term, which the judge said he may serve on work-release.

Gibson’s case drew statewide headlines because he was still married, but separated from Corbett’s daughter, Katherine Corbett Gibson, who has since divorced him. She was a prosecutor for the state Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force at the time.

Defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. argued unsuccessfully for probation only because Gibson might be in danger in jail and noting he’s lost his police job and pension and now has a $10-an-hour job.

Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said jail was needed because of the negative effect corruption has on the “hearts and minds of the people he swore to protect.”


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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