A secretary in the Sheriff’s Office has been accused of producing a secretly recorded video which was the subject of a recent investigative report by the Beaver Countian. The video may show Sheriff George David violating a state statute involving concealed carry permit fees that he was warned about just days before by the Pennsylvania Department Of The Auditor General.
Sources inside of the Sheriff’s Office say Chief Deputy Jay Alstadt has told Stephanie Guidice, a clerk in the department, that Sheriff David now “knows” that she was the source of the tape. Sources say the allegations came after officials in the Sheriff’s Office reviewed footage from security cameras.
Guidice has reportedly refused to meet with Sheriff’s Office Solicitor Myron Sainovich about the video, and has contacted union representatives.
Sheriff David had previously accused Guidice of hiding evidence in a case against Larry A Hicks, a man the Sheriff had falsely accused of preparing to commit mass murder at Friendship Ridge back in February. District Attorney Anthony Berosh came to Guidice’s defense at the time, saying the alligations were unfounded — an investigation by the county’s Human Resources Department found that disciplinary actions taken by David against Guidice were unjustified.
In May, longtime Sheriff’s Deputy Donna Knopp came forward with allegations that David had insinuated she should lie in order to help substantiate yet another false claim he reportedly made against Guidice. David had accused Guidice of not locking the door to her office at night in violation of policy. Surveillance video later showed that another secretary in the office, Kay Bisceglia, who is close to David, had been unlocking the door in the morning before allegedly telling people it was already open when she arrived.
Stephanie Guidice has been a clerk in the Sheriff’s Office for the past 17 years without a single disciplinary write-up being placed in her personnel file.
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the Pennsylvania State Police.