Luzerne County prison corporal on unpaid leave following alleged assault

By Ed Lewis and Jennifer Learn-Andes - [email protected]
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A corporal at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was arrested over the weekend on domestic assault charges in Mountain Top, records show.

Rice Township police arrested Bradley Mrochko, 47, after Angela Sweet claimed he punched her in the head several times with a closed fist and grabbed her throat on Saturday, court records say.

Court records show Sweet filed for a protection from abuse order on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to Mrochko’s residence where they encountered a teenage girl saying, “Help, daddy is punching mommy in the face.”

Officers ran to the front of the house and saw Mrochko and Sweet arguing.

Sweet had blood coming from her nose.

Officers noticed Mrochko had a “fat lip,” and he kept saying he wanted her out of his house. Mrochko appeared highly intoxicated and had a difficult time listening to officers and answering questions.

Mrochko called Sweet, “crazy,” telling officers she “came after him,” the complaint says.

Sweet told officers Mrochko went after their daughter, who jumped on him. Sweet got between the two when she claimed Mrochko began to punch her in the head and grabbed her throat, according to the complaint.

Sweet was transported to a local hospital.

Mrochko was arraigned by District Judge Daniel O’Donnell in Sugarloaf Township on charges of simple assault and harassment. He was released on non-monetary bail.

Sweet’s filing for a restraining order provides further detail, suggesting Mrochko’s alleged attack on Sweet came after Mrochko made threats to commit suicide.

County officials say Mrochko has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending adjudication of the charges. The corporal position is unionized.

According to an archive news report, Mrochko was promoted from a residential aide to a full-time correctional officer in 1998.

The compensation for prison corporals is $62,322 this year, according to the county’s position budget.

An attempt to reach Mrochko on Wednesday was unsuccessful.

— Staff writer Patrick Kernan contributed to this report.

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Bradley Mrochko now on unpaid leave

By Ed Lewis and Jennifer Learn-Andes

[email protected]