Crime

Former Centre County district attorney pleads guilty to selling marijuana

Former Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane has pleaded guilty on charges he sold marijuana to employees at a law firm where he was working in 2011.

Court officials said Monday that Sloane entered the plea Thursday during a scheduled pretrial conference on all nine charges he was facing.

Sloane will be back in Centre County Court for sentencing on Sept. 6, officials said.

Police filed charges against Sloane in October, alleging he sold marijuana he received from California in September and October 2011 to two different men.

He is being represented by public defender Deborah Lux, who did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Sloane was a Centre County prosecutor for a number of years until the current district attorney, Stacy Parks Miller, took office in January 2010 and made staffing changes. His time as a prosecutor included working for Ray Gricar, the district attorney who went missing in 2005 and was later declared legally dead.

Robert Donaldson, partner at Masorti & Donaldson, has said Sloane worked at the law firm from July to October 2011. Sloane’s employment was terminated when the firm learned of the criminal investigation, Donaldson said.

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