Former Gilberton police chief is just the sort of guy that kids would have referred to as a “snitch” – a turncoat who pretends to be friends, but who is actually the guy running to the authorities to get people into trouble.
After completing his work infiltrating pro-Second Amendment and Patriot groups, he allegedly went on to bullying both men and women:
…this bad apple has threatened a counsel member and a woman with profanity and his gun, while she was driving home from a store.
His other offense was directed at a woman Shannon Heiber.
Heiber reported she pulled over to let the vehicle pass but the driver, later identified as Kessler, pulled alongside her, rolled down the passenger’s side window and began to scream at her and use obscene language, according to the criminal complaint. The woman recalled Kessler telling her “What are you doing? You’re lucky my kids are in here or you know what would happen,” according to the complaint.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t gone unpunished for his offenses.
For the second time in three days, former Gilberton police chief and North Schuylkill school board member Mark Kessler walked out of Schuylkill County Courthouse a free man on Wednesday after a jury acquitted him of harassing a borough councilman in August 2015 in a Frackville store.
Kessler, 44, of Frackville, did not react as the jury of seven women and five men found him not guilty of harassment after deliberating less than 30 minutes to end the one-day trial over which Judge Jacqueline L. Russell presided.
In fact, it seems as if this man has lived a decidedly charmed life:
Kessler became enmeshed in controversy in mid-July 2013 when he posted two homemade videos to YouTube of him firing automatic weapons and using profanity. Gilberton suspended Kessler, saying the weapons were borough property and the chief did not have the right to use them in the videos.
In February 2014, Kessler retired and the borough abolished its police department.
Kessler did not run for re-election in 2015 to the school board.
At least it seems like Mr. Kessler no longer has any position of public trust -and while he may have escaped conviction, at least he is not getting paid anymore to betray the public.