Polk Center Staff Member Accused of Attempting to Strangle Resident

| June 3, 2017

polkPOLK, Pa. (EYT) — A Franklin man who works at Polk State Center is accused of trying to strangle a resident at the facility last month.

According to a report issued Friday by Franklin-based State Police, a known but unidentified 39-year-old man used a shirt to assault a 25-year-old female resident of the Center.

It occurred between the late evening and early morning hours of May 13 and 14 in the Southside Cottage A.

The victim claimed a minor injury from the assault.

State Police declined to release further information citing an active investigation; however, the nature of the incident has been classified as “strangulation.”

Last year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill that included non-fatal strangulation as a form of assault. Prior to the signing of this bill, there was no criminal statute specifically addressing the act of intentionally impeding or interfering with a person’s breathing or circulation.

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