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Cop’s wife plots murder over blackmail scandal

STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania police officer has pleaded guilty to the blackmail of his wife about having sex with a minor, while she pleaded guilty to plotting the death of her husband.

Keith Transue, a Bushkill Township officer, pleaded guilty last week to felony criminal coercion, and Robin Transue pled guilty to the crime of solicitation to commit aggravated assault and statutory sexual abuse.

According to the court documents, Mrs. Transue told an informant that her husband threated to reveal a sexual relationship she had with a 14-year-old boy in 2010 as she left. Prosecutors said that her husband failed to report the abuse when he heard for the first time, that he is legally obliged to do as a police officer.

Prosecutors said the blackmail was the reason behind Mrs. Transue’s attempt to the death of her husband.

“Transue was with his wife in the crime to keep her to leave or separate from him. This was especially the motive for Robin soliciting Keith’s murder, ” District Attorney Michael Mancuso said.

Prosecutors say that she suggested a number of ways to kill her husband, including a drug overdose, or a hunting accident.

The Mount Pocono residents, both 43, are scheduled for sentencing March 20.

Authorities in Monroe County said in court documents that Robin Transue told an informant her husband was threatened in 2010 to her relationship with the boy when they left him. Prosecutors say that she suggested a number of ways to kill her husband, including a drug overdose, or a hunting accident.

The police department placed Keith Transue on leave after the charges were filed, and police chief Mike McLouth said on Wednesday said the officer had submitted a resignation letter.

Mancuso praised an informant who came forward and worked together with the police, he says, “probably prevented a murder, and also brought to light a sordid history of sexual violence and the criminal coercion.”

The Mount Pocono residents, both 43, are scheduled for sentencing March 20.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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