The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 13, 2013

Governor's son-in-law facing trial on theft charges


The Associated Press

— PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge is ordering Gov. Tom Corbett's son-in-law to stand trial on charges that he stole money while on duty as a Philadelphia police narcotics officer.

KYW-TV in Philadelphia said the ruling came during Jerold Gibson's preliminary hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors are seeking a jury trial on the five misdemeanor charges.

Defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. conceded Gibson didn't immediately turn in $140 in cash he allegedly took from a car during a sting operation by police and the FBI. But Peruto says Gibson didn't intend to steal the money but was temporarily sidetracked by another assignment.

The 43-year-old Gibson, who was fired from the police force following an internal investigation, is married to Corbett's daughter Kate. The couple are separated.