A former Gettysburg Borough police officer facing felony wiretap charges will enter an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program.
Police charged Michael Carricato, 28, of Steelton, in November 2017 with intercepting communications and official oppression after he allegedly videotaped another police officer without her consent on Dec. 5, 2015.
Carricato will enter the ARD program for one year with the agreement that charges will not be expunged from his record. The ARD program was established mainly for nonviolent, first-time offenders with outlined treatment requirements to be completed in exchange for offenses being cleared from a defendant's record.
Adams County District Attorney Brian Sinnett said the alleged victim, Brandi Courtesis, agreed with the Carricato entering the program.
Sinnett said Carricato is not barred from future employment as a police officer.
"My understanding is that he is not pursuing law enforcement as a career anymore," Sinnett said.
Carricato was placed on paid administrative leave March 15, 2017 after Courtesis filed a lawsuit against the borough and individual officials.
Filed Feb. 14, 2017 the federal suit claimed Carricato engaged in sexual harassment starting in October of 2015 and the borough failed to remedy the situation.
In June 2017, Courtesis and the borough reached a settlement under which she resigned and was to receive more than $213,000, of which the borough's insurer was to pay $160,000. The settlement covered Carricato and individual officials named in the suit.
Charging documents filed by Adams County Detectives Wade Lauer and Eric Beyer state body camera footage from Dec. 5, 2015 shows Carricato approaching Courtesis in the Gettysburg Borough police station and engaging in a personal conversation. During the conversation, Courtesis appears to leave her desk and Carricato follows her to different parts of the office. About six minutes into the footage, Courtesis asks Carricato if she is being recorded, charging documents state. Carricato admits to recording Courtesis, according to police, but continues to do so for about 25 more minutes.